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Vol XXIX No. 354
DIMAPUR, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019 Pages 12 ` 5.00
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MVA govt takes charge in Maha Uddhav takes oath as CM, 6 ministers sworn in; to prove majority by Dec 3 MUMBAI, NOV 28 (PTI): Shiv Sena president Uddhav Thackeray was on Thursday sworn in Maharashtra chief minister, heading an unlikely alliance with the Congress and NCP. The 59-year-old is the third Sena leader and first from the Thackeray family to occupy the post. His father Bal Thackeray wielded the ‘remote control’ over the first Sena-BJP government during 1995-99 but never assumed a position in the government. Governor Bhagat Singh Koshyari administered oath to the saffron-clad Thackeray and six ministers at the sprawling Shivaji Park here, venue of the Sena’s Dussehra rallies. With the newly formed government of the Maha Vikas Aghadi (MVA), an alliance of the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress, sworn in, the curtains have been brought down for now on a month-long drama after the
NFHRCC appeals Gov on road project D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Nagaland Foothills Road Co-ordination Committee (NFHRCC) has appealed to Governor of Nagaland, RN Ravi, to press the Centre to declare the foot hills road project as National Highway. In a press release, NFHRCC convenor Supu Jamir and general secretary W Lemba Chang stated that once the foot hills road was constructed it would be a lifeline for the entire state, unemployment problem would be addressed to a large extent and the state economy would “reap the bountiful harvest”. NFHRCC has, therefore, expressed strong belief that Governor “fully understands” the aspiration of the Naga public. (Cont’d on p-7)
Paid parking at CHSS ground
D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Dimapur traffic police has informed that the Eden Charity Club has arranged a paid parking space at Christian Higher Secondary School ground from December 7-24, 2018 between 8am and 7pm. In a press release, Dimapur police PRO has informed that the public could make use of the allotted parking space for convenience and to avoid traffic congestion.
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Governor Koshyari administering oath of ofﬁce and secrecy to Uddhav Thackeray as Maharashtra’s 19th chief minister. (PTI)
results of the Maharashtra elections were announced. Thackeray took oath as chief minister over a month after results of the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections were declared on October 24. Eknath Shinde, Subhash Desai (both Shiv Sena), Jayant Patil, Chhagan Bhujbal (both NCP), Balasaheb Thorat and Nitin Raut (both Congress) were sworn in as ministers. Former Maharashtra deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar, his cousin and MP Supriya Sule, Uddhav’s wife Rashmi, his MLA-son Aaditya, industrialist Mukesh Ambani, his wife Nita and son Anant were also present at the ceremony.
Thursday’s swearing in ceremony came after days of dramatic political developments, which included a three-day government formed by BJP’s Devendra Fadnavis with unexpected support from NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who has since returned to the Sharad Pawarled party fold. There was speculation that Ajit Pawar would be sworn in as deputy chief minister on Thursday but only two ministers from the NCP took oath at the ceremony. Uddhav Thackeray is the 19th CM of Maharashtra. However, considering the number of terms, he is the 29th chief minister of the state. Hours before the
swearing in ceremony, the Shiv Sena-NCP-Congress alliance said the Maharashtra Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government in the state would waive farmers’ loans and ensure 80 per cent quota in jobs to the local youth. NCP leaders Jayant Patil and Nawab Malik and Sena leader Eknath Shinde announced details of the Common Minimum Programme (CMP) of the alliance. Those present at the ceremony included NCP chief Sharad Pawar, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Kamal Nath, senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Mallikarjun Kharge, MNS chief Raj Thackeray and DMK leader MK Stalin. After taking oath of office, Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray held his first cabinet meeting at Sahyadri Guest House here. The cabinet, in the first meeting, is supposed to decide on calling a special session of the Assembly to elect full-time Speaker who will conduct floor test, a senior IAS officer said. Governor B K Koshyari has asked Thackeray to prove majority by December 3.
BJP condemns Pragya’s Godse remark in Lok Sabha NEW DELHI, NOV 28 (PTI): Amid opposition protests over BJP MP Pragya Thakur’s comments on Nathuram Godse, the BJP on Thursday condemned her remarks and said it does not support such statements. BJP working president JP Nadda also recommended Thakur’s removal from the consultative committee on defence, to which she was recently appointed. “The statement given by MP Pragya Thakur is condemnable. BJP never supports such statement and we do not support this ideology,” he told reporters. The Defence Minister Rajnath Singh Thursday said in Lok Sabha that BJP condemns any philosophy which describes Mahatma Gandhi’s killer as a patriot. Not satisfied with his response, the opposition led by the Congress staged
a walkout. As soon as the House met to take up the day’s business, opposition members stood up and strongly protested the remarks made by Thakur. Congress leader in the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury said Thakur called Godse a patriot and the Congress a terrorist party. “Thousands of members of the Congress have laid down their lives while serving the nation. How can she dare to say such things that too inside the House. We demand action,” he said. Chowdhury was supported by members belonging to TMC, DMK, Left parties, NCP and AIMIM. TMC leader Saugata Roy and AIMIM leader Asaduddin Owaisi told the Speaker that they should also be given an opportunity to speak. Birla, however, said her remarks were not
on records and there was no scope for any debate. At this, Rajnath stood up and urged the speaker to allow him to speak. Singh said BJP condemns any philosophy which describes Godse as a patriot. “Far from talking about Nathuram Godse being called a patriot, we condemn the idea of treating him as a patriot. His (Gandhi’s) philosophy was, is and will remain relevant and he is as a guide (margdarshak) for the nation,” he said. BJP’s ally JD(U) demanded that the matter be sent to the ethics committee of the House to see if her “uncalled for” conduct warrants her disqualification as its member. Meanwhile, Congress and other constituents of UPA are set to move a censure motion in Lok Sabha against Thakur.
JAF to launch phase-II stir from Dec 2
D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Joint Associations Forum (JAF), as decided by its coordinating body at Ura Hotel in Kohima on November 26, has unanimously announced launching of phase-II “intense agitations” starting December 2 in the form of three-day mass casual leave by all the members. JAF, comprising of four associations – Nagaland Directorate Ministerial Service Association, All Nagaland District Ministerial Service Association, Trained Nurses Association of India, Nagaland Branch and Prison Service Association Nagaland– is protesting against non-implementation of RoP Pay Anomalies Committee (PAC) recommendation. In a circular, JAF convenor M Renthungo Tungoe and co-convenor V Peter Rutsa informed that the phase-II protest would be followed by the phaseIII agitation in the form of indefinite pen down, tools down and computers shutdown with effect from December 5, 2019 till the genuine demand of the forum was achieved.
Nagaland 2nd NE State to have air quality monitoring system
CM Chang inaugurating the air quality monitoring system, Thursday in Kohima. (NP)
K O H I M A , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Nagaland has become the second State in the Northeast to have introduced a continuous ambient air quality monitoring station. Inaugurating the innovative monitoring station for ambient air quality at PWD junction here on Thursday, environment, forest & climate change and law & justice minister CM Chang called for creating (Cont’d on p-7) public awareness on ill-
effects of air pollution. He stressed using ecofriendly fuels on vehicles to curb air pollution. He said as this was a manmade problem, everyone should come together to resolve it. Speaking on the occasion, Nagaland Pollution Control Board chairman Rusovil John said Nagaland had become the second North-eastern State to have a functioning continuous ambient air quality monitoring system (CAAQMS), claiming that the instru-
ment was world class. He said the station would monitor 12 parameters like sulphur dioxide (SO2), nitrogen dioxide (NO2), carbon monoxide (CO), toluene, ozone (O3), MP_Xylene, ethyl benzene, O_Xylene, particulate matter 2.5 (PM 2.5), particulate matter (P.M. 10) and benzene, besides monitoring even the weather conditions. The programme was chaired by Nagaland Pollution Control Board member secretary Kenei Miachieo.
Amit Shah to meet NE stakeholders on CAB today Spl. Correspondent
NEW DELHI, NOV 28 (NPN): Union Home Minister Amit Shah has called for a meeting on Friday to discuss with all stakeholders the proposed draft Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which has been a bone of contention with the opposition parties and some North Eastern states. Amit Shah was scheduled to hold the meeting in Meghalaya on November 29, however his trip was cancelled and the meeting will now take place in Delhi, sources said. The meeting is likely to be attended by all the political parties of the North Eastern states and civil society groups. However, it was not clear whether mainstream political parties have been invited or not. A revamped bill is all set to be re-introduced by the Modi government, with provisions that are said to
be included to “protect” the indigenous people of the northeast. The Centre on November 25 reviewed the security situation in the North Eastern states which have witnessed protests in the past few weeks over the move to amend the Citizenship Act. Heads of state intelligence agencies of all North Eastern states, Assam Rifles and paramilitary forces attended the meeting which was chaired by National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. The top officials gave detailed presentations on the findings of their respective organisations about the protests and people’s approach towards the proposed legislation.
tion (NESO) on Thursday warned of agitation across the North Eastern states if the central government goes ahead to amend the Citizenship Act, 1955 during the ongoing winter session of Parliament. The BJP-led NDA government had introduced the bill in its previous tenure but could not push it through due to vehement protests by opposition parties and it lapsed following the dissolution of the last Lok Sabha. The bill seeks to remove hurdles in the way of eligible migrants from six minority groups from Bangladesh, Pakistan and Afghanistan from getting Indian citizenship. “The people of our region are opposing tooth NESO warns of and nail against the Citiagitation if Centre zenship Amendment Bill. goes ahead with CAB The BJP government must Shillong Correspondent understand the sentiments adds: The influential North of the indigenous people East Students Organisa- in the North Eastern re-
gion,” NESO chairman Samuel Jyrwa, told Nagaland Post. He said: “The Bill is again an attempt to impose the burden of the post-1971 Hindu Bangladeshis in the entire North East region which is not justified to say the least and North East is not a dumping ground for illegal Bangladeshis and to us... a foreigner is a foreigner irrespective of his religion.” Jyrwa, who is camping in New Delhi, met Congress, Janata Dal-United, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party leaders and Meghalaya chief minister Conrad Sangma and sought their support to oppose the amendment in the parliament. “We are exploring all options to prevent this amendment bill. We are talking to all stakeholders and we hope the central government understands our serious concerns against this bill,” Jyrwa said.
Stage all set for 20th Hornbill Festival Patton inaugurates Doyang Bridge Correspondent
K O H I M A , N OV 2 8 (NPN): The stage is all set for the 10-day Hornbill Festival that kicks off on December 1 at Kisama, the Heritage Village. Announcing this at a press conference at the tourism directorate here on Thursday, tourism adviser H. Khehovi Yepthomi observed that over the years the festival had gained popularity, drawing attention from both domestic and international tourists. Besides the regular events, he said a cultural troupe from Thailand too would be a part of the 20th Hornbill Festival, even as another cultural troupe from Hungary that too was expected to participate. The inaugural function would be held at 4 pm with governor RN Ravi as chief
H. Khehovi Yepthomi (NP)
host and chief minister Neiphiu Rio as host of the event. He said tourism ministers from different States are also expected to attend the festival. Following signing of an MoU with Airbnb, Yepthomi exuded confidence that accommodation issues would be sorted out to a large extent. Altogether 17 major tribes and over 800 artistes would be performing during
the 10-day cultural extravaganza, while Task Force for Music and Arts would organise musical events in the evenings, he added. Taking serious note of reports of prices being jacked up during the festival days at the venue, the adviser said the tourism department had regulated prices of food, including fruits and vegetables, essential commodities and taxi fares. He said the department and pricing committee would strictly monitor the situation and ensure compliance with the regulated prices. He said a new event had been introduced under which 10 Maruti Gypsies would be made available for taking around tourists to different villages. Yepthomi informed the media that budget for this year’s Hornbill Festi-
val had been fixed at Rs 5 crore, though over Rs 7.98 crore was spent in 2018. He explained that the State government’s intention was to promote local entrepreneurs and showcase rich cultural heritage of the Nagas, and not simply to earn revenue. He claimed that the entrepreneurs had earned Rs 25.64 crore as revenue in 2018. According to the adviser, State chaplain Rev Kuzierang Thou will pronounce invocation on December 1, while traditional blessings will be invoked by Mongtei, Aniashu village from Kiphire district. He said the welcome address would be delivered by Rio, while he would felicitate the guests. This would be followed by celebration of colours of Nagaland.
Y Patton along with his colleagues and others after inaugurating the Doyang bridge.
D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Nagaland deputy chief minister, Y Patton, inaugurated Doyang Bridge on NH-61 (NH-2) over Doyang River between Tsungiki and Mukhami village on Thursday. The bridge constructed at an estimated cost of Rs.14,47,54,685.610 crore was sanctioned by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highway. The bridge constructed by M/S T. Tachu & Co is RCC type with the span of 78.44 metre. It has an
approach road of 85 meter towards Wokha side and 95 metre towards Mokokchung side including connection with the existing alignment. Construction of the bridge commenced on January 22, 2016 and completed on April 30, 2019 and Speaking at the inaugural programme, deputy chief minister said it was a red-letter day for the Nagas as the bridge was going to impact many lives positively and significantly. He congratulated and acknowledged the people of
the area for extending cooperation to the contractor as well as to the department for the completion of the bridge. Patton further appealed to the people to take the ownership of the newly constructed bridge. On the occasion, he disclosed that the two-lane road from Wokha to Doyang Bridge was already approved. He also said that road from Doyang to VK Area under Zunheboto district was in the pipeline for approval. In this regard, he reiterated that land owner issue should not be a factor for hindering any developmental activities. Further, deputy chief minister appealed to the people of the neighbouring villages to extend cooperation and take the responsibility for the smooth and successful completion of the approved two-lane road project. (Cont’d on p-7) K Y M C
Consultation on rights of children Staff Reporter
D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): A two-day programme on State Consultation on reproductive health and other Rights of Children, Adolescent and Women, was organised by Human Rights Law Network (HRLN), in collaboration with CAN Youth, at Tourist Lodge, Dimapur on November 28. Addressing the gathering as one of the speaker, advisor, Naga Mothers Association (NMA), Prof. Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu, stated that Nagaland was such state that when people filed Public Interest Litigation (PIL), the defence took it personally, leading to petitioners being harassed, mocked publically and ultimatums passed onto the petitioners to withdraw the PIL. She lamented that Nagas mindset was that PIL has been lodged with an agenda for personal vendetta, and not for the right reason, where many a times, victims were victimized. Pointing out irregularity and inconsistency of Primary Health Centre (PHC) in far flung areas of the state, she maintained that non availability of doctors was not a surprising thing.
Dr. Rosemary Dzuvichu addressing the gathering. (NP)
She further lamented that even gynaecologists were not available for proper delivery, causing hardships to villagers, even leading to death sometimes. She further claimed that Anganwadi centres in many places were found locked up or used as store houses. State coordinator, HRLN Nagaland Unit, Neiteo Koza, dwelling on the challenges and problems faced by general public, stated that the present scenario in the state was not a time to give awareness programme on Fundamental rights but a time to find solution. She lamented that even a highly qualified person was unaware of its “basic” fundamental rights and those who knew were silent and mute spectators. Reiterating on the infuriating attitude of doctors
posted at different PHC’s in far flung areas of the state, she maintained that one single doctor was appointed at a PHC for more than five villages, where the doctor, since its inception, has been away on study leave for over five years. Koza therefore urged the youths to come together and voice out their rights. D i r e c t o r, H R L N, Delhi, Olivia Bang, in a short and brief message, questioned the gathering that when people can celebrate Constitution Day why don’t they fight for their rights. Speaking on the topic “CHILDLINE and challenges faced by Child Protection System in the state” CHILDLINE Dimapur, m em ber, R a ng douliu, stated that many children were “abusively beaten, threatened and molested in barbaric manner” by the
house owners. Giving a power point projection of images captured as photographic evidence by CHILDLINE Dimapur, of those “helpers” who were beaten up by home owners, it was noticed that many of the “helpers” were of the age below 12 years, where they were abusively beaten up from head to toe. Rangdouliu further lamented that all of those home owners who had beaten up the “helpers” were highly qualified and stake holders and grieved that there were cases where the perpetrators were also law makers. She however mentioned that with the intervention of CHILDLINE Dimapur, many children were rescued from the perpetrators and re united with their families. She urged the gathering to call toll free number 1098, if in case any child were being harassed or tortured. E a r l i e r, t h e p r o gramme was chaired by member, CAN Youth, Kilentola Jamir. The first day of the consultation programme was attended by various civil societies, youths, students, teachers and a handful number of advocates.
Kazheto chairs Zunheboto DPDB meeting DIMAPUR: Monthly Zunheboto District Planning and Development Board (DPDB) meeting was held on November 26 at conference hall of Deputy Commissioner (DC) Zunheboto under the chairmanship of advisor, CAWD, NSDMA and chairman DPDB Zunheboto, Kazheto Kinimi. According to DIPR report, after deliberation, upgradation of SDEO office Akuluto has been deferred to next meeting. The members also discussed registration of green village for Tizu village Biodiversity conservation and livelihood network and approved the same. The advisor thanked all the board members for their regular attendance at the meeting. He also asked the departments to come forward with proposals and assured them of all possible helps. DC and vice chairman DPDB Zunheboto, Peter Lichamo thanked all the head of offices and participants for the successful celebration of Ahuna mini hornbill festival. A powerpoint presentation was given by Tizu village Bio-diversity conservation and livelihood network and NST department.
SIRD holds annual conference for ‘little champs of BBBP’
DIMAPUR: State Institute of Rural Development (SIRD) organised annual conference for “Little Champs” of Beti Bachao Beti Padhao (BBBP), Nagaland Adolescent Girls’ Club under the theme, “Celebrating You” on November 15 at the Conference Hall of SIRD, Kohima. A press release by SIRD stated that on the occasion, Participants of the 5th IFOAM Asia Organic Forum seen engaged in group work on the second day at Niathu Resort, Dimapur on November 27. Altogether eight secretary, Nagaland State Social Welfare Board (NSinternational and 27 national participants are undergoing residential training. SWB) and mission director, State Resource Centre for Women (SRCW), Daisy Mezhur, spoke on "our journey together" reminiscing her journey with the Nagaland Adolescent Girls' Club. To
mark the occasion, scholarships were given to all the champs of BBBP, the Adolescent Girls' Club members, promoting girl child education. The programme was chaired by SRCW assistant state co-ordinator, Juliana Medom; special number was presented by Khriezotuolie Chase and Kenei Mezhur from NSSWB and NAGC, Oking Christian School; vote of thanks was delivered by NAGC coordinator, Vilakhonuo Kiewhuo and showers of blessing from research officer, SRCW, Meneno V. The programme ended with a flash mob from the girls of Nagaland Adolescent Girls' Club.
Pezielietsie colony condemns
DIMAPUR: Pezielietsie Welfare board and Pezielietsie Youth Organization (PYO), Kohima have condemned the “inhuman act” meted out to one of its member, Neihuzou Kenguriise of Nerhema Village, a resident of Pezielietsie Colony, Kohima on November 24 by an unidentified person. In a condemnation note, PYO president Kekhrie Sekhose stated that Neihuzou was stabbed by a knife Pro Rural in collaboration with Quest Alliance and Accenture imparted baking training causing serious injury. The organizations appealed to the to students of St. Joseph University, Social Work Department from November 26-27. competent authority to arrest the culprit at the earliest.
SAMETI holds training for ATMA functionaries
Dr. Watimongla Jamir along with the participants and DPDs at SAMETI, Medziphema.
DIMAPUR: Two-day training on “gender sensitization module for empowerment of women entrepreneurs, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and Farmers” was organised by State Agricultural Management and Extension Training Institute (SAMETI) for Agricultural Technology Management K Y M C
Agency (ATMA) functionaries on November 19-20 at SAMETI, Medziphema. A press release by SAMETI, Medziphema stated that the training was aimed at sensitising extension agents working at the grassroots level on gender issues and also about the important role played by women
in society in general and agriculture in particular. Resource person, incharge director SAMETI & principal IETC, department of agriculture, Dr. Watimongla Jamir, covered topics on need for gender sensitization, entrepreneurship development among rural women, mobiliza-
tion of women resources, role of women in agriculture, SHG-an approach for eliminating poverty through women empowerment and Nagaland state draft policy for empowerment of women. She also spoke about the importance of starting gender sensitization at the home front and gave a brief overview of some important schemes for women operating at both the national and regional levels. Dr. Watimongla remarked that men ought to be sensitised as much as women about gender issues so as to become more sensitive to such issues, while women need to break out of traditional stronghold and work towards empowering themselves in different fields. Altogether 22 ATMA functionaries from all the eleven districts of Nagaland attended the training. The valedictory function was chaired by DPD SAMETI, Tiajungla, feedback on the training was given by trainees from 11 districts and vote of thanks was delivered by DPD SAMETI, Vikaho Chophi.
Awareness on ‘sabka vishwas scheme’ in Dmu DIMAPUR: An outreach programme on “sabka vishwas scheme” and the new Goods and Services Tax (GST) return was conducted by Central GST Commissionerate Dimapur on November 15 at Hotel Saramati Dimapur. A press release by the commissionerate stated that a presentation was made on the “sabka vishwas” (legacy dispute resolution) scheme where it stated that the scheme offers a “golden opportunity” to taxpayers for closing their pending disputes relating to previous service tax and central excise cases that were now subsumed under GST. A presentation was also made on the New GST returns which were likely to be introduced by the Government in the next financial year, stated the release. Joint Commissioner CGST, Sashi Wapang Lanu, appealed to all the tax practitioners to use the new returns trial version tool, which was available online, so that taxpayers can familiarize themselves with the new format.
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4 arrested for smuggling IMLF, drugs Correspondent KO H I M A , N ov 2 8 (NPN): Excise personnel of Kohima and Dimapur arrested four persons for smuggling IMFL and drugs on November 27 and 28 in Kohima and Dimapur. On November 28, Kohima excise personnel arrested three persons and seized 1000 bottles of IMFL during surprise checking in Kohima. The three were identified as Mantosh (21) son of Ram Barosa, Sanjay Saha (40) son of Raju Saha and Sunil (19) son of Sath Narayan all resident of jail colony. Assistant commissioner of Excise (Zonal), S. Phyombemo Kikon stated that in view of the hornbill festival the excise department will be keeping vigil and informed that surprise checking /raids will be
The IMFL seized by Kohima excise personnel. (NP)
conducted regularly. Meanwhile, on November 27, excise Mobile Squad duty party manning Chumukedima Excise check gate seized 4800 bottles of banned pharmaceutical drugs from a commercial pick-up truck. A press release by superintendent of Excise & Prohibition (MS), Khevito S Swu informed that the “codeine based cough syrup” was found concealed under household items.
In this connection, one person identified as A Manchen Konyak was arrested and the vehicle and articles were handed over to higher authority for further investigation. The release informed that the arrested person was booked under relevant sections of the Drugs & Cosmetics Act 1940 and forwarded to Court. The seized articles have been kept at Excise Mobile squad malkhana.
ANTA Kiphire general session Kiphire, Nov 28 (NPN): All Nagaland Taxi Association (ANTA) Kiphire unit held its 2nd general session cum preChristmas celebration under the theme “the changing role of transport planner” on November 26 at Quary road near Zingki river. At the event, general secretary, Chopise Charles spoke on the theme “The Changing role of transport planner”.
66th ‘All India Cooperative Week’ in Longleng
DIMAPUR: Longleng district observed the 66th “All India Cooperative Week” on November 15 at the Bhumnyu Village Council Hall, Bhumnyu village, Longleng under the theme, "Role of Cooperatives in New India”. In a keynote address, Assistant Registrar of Cooperative Societies Longleng, I. Chume Chang sought cooperation of all registered societies towards the department to bring economic prosperity in the state. Inspector Cooperative Societies, Liopktangit Ozukum spoke on the advent of cooperative societies and explained the seven principles of cooperative-voluntary and open membership – democratic member control; member economic participation; autonomy and independence; education, training and information; cooperation among cooperatives, and concern for community. BVC chairman, Ongpa and Phokchi Farming Cooperative Societies Ltd S. Angam also delivered speeches.
Earlier, president Kiphire unit delivered an introductory speech and also extended greetings to the members. The programme led by general secretary Kiphire unit began with an invocation by president. Various issues and grievances faced by the ANTA unit were discussed and the members resolved to follow the constitution of ANTA Nagaland.
news in Brief Power disruption in Mon: Mokokchung Transmission Sub-Division has informed all consumers under Mon district that power supply will be disrupted occasionally in view of the jungle cutting along 66KV Tizit-Mon transmission line from November 28 and November 30. Therefore, affected consumers have been requested to bear with the inconvenience. Social work in Kohima: As per the directive of the state government to conduct social work on the main highways, KMC administrator has informed ward no. 8,9,10,11,14,15, 16 and 18 to conduct the social work on November 30. The administrator also informed that vehicles if required on the social work day can be contacted 9856823989 and 9077798101. ‘Mission operation potholes’: Wokha District Chamber of Commerce & Industry (WDCC&I) will be carrying out social work-cum-“mission operation potholes” within Wokha town on November 30 from 7 am. In this regard, all shops have been directed to decorate and paint their shops on or before December 5 in view of the forthcoming festive season. Sumi Daklane Society Kohima: Sumi Daklane Society Kohima will be observing the annual day on December 1 at 1 pm at the Society building. In this regard, the society has requested all the stakeholders of the society to attend the event without fail. NSCN (I-M) informs: NSCN (I-M) through its MIP informed that it has received reports and complaints that some people were selling the “Nagalim Calendar 2020” much more than the prescribed rate of Rs. 150. In this connection, public have been requested not to pay a single paisa more than the prescribed rate. NSCN (I-M) said that the calendar was a reflection of the unique history of the Nagas and the travail involved in defending Naga’s historical and political rights.
BSI Dimapur Auxiliary conducts promotional seminar
Delegates at the state level promotional seminar on November 27.
DIMAPUR: One day state level promotional seminar was conducted by Bible Society of India (BSI) Dimapur Auxiliary on November 27 at Tosum Hotel Naharlagun for Arunachal Pradesh. A press release by BSI Dimapur Auxiliary stated that the seminar was organised by BSI Naharlagun branch and attended by president of Arunachal
Pradesh Christian Forum, presidents and general secretaries and executive secretaries, pastors, deacons of Christian Revival Churches, Baptist Churches and Pentecostal Churches and the Hagai Alumni president of North East India and president of Naga Students’ Union, Arunachal Pradesh. At the seminar, auxiliary secretary, Rev. Dr.
Yiepetso Wezah presented a paper on the ministry of BSI and BSI, Dimapur Auxiliary, president, Rev. Dr. N. Paphino informed that BSI was a non-denominational and non-profitable society. Rev. Paphino also shared the impact of the word of God on the life of the people and society. Marketing assistant, Ganhang Aran shared the role of the BSI branches. K Y M C
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R. Khing delivering Ngada greetings on November 28. (DIPR)
of Rengma had conducted all the 54 festivals beginning from jungle cutting for their yearlong farming cultivation. He reminded the Rengma brothers and sisters to understand its meaning even though they have become Christians. President Angami Public Organisation, Dr. Kepelhusie Terhuja as Ngada guest conveyed Ngada greeting to Rengma people from all the units of Tenyimia. He said that Rengmas were small in population but the land occupied by Rengma was big. In this connection, he called upon
the Rengma community to continue to maintain good relationships with the neighboring tribes. Chairman, organising committee of the festival celebration, ADC Tseminyu, Nokchasashi Kichu delivered the vote of thanks. Yhunchulo Khing chaired the celebration programme while Benjamin Lorin delivered the welcome address. Invocation and closing prayers were offered by Haiwala Apon, executive secretary CRBC and Athinglo Khing, pastor Tseminyu Town Baptist Church.
Workshop for Naga writers underway
Awareness on Poshyan Abhiyan
WEATHER FORECAST November 29
(Temperature in ºC)
Agartala Hazy sun
Sunny and beautiful
Guwahati Hazy sunshine Imphal
Beautiful with plenty of sun
Itanagar Mostly sunny and nice
26 14 28 17 26 13 25 15
Plenty of sun
Pleasant with plenty of sun
Dimapur Sunny and pleasant
Sunny and pleasant
Tuensang Cooler with plenty of sun Wokha
Sunny and not as warm
Zunheboto Plenty of sunshine
16 8 21 15 21 20
DIMAPUR: The second day of the two-day, Ngada Mini Hornbill of the Rengma community witnessed folk songs and dances by Phensuny and Tseminyu villages, Tsogin Cultural Troupe, Kithagha group and Kandi Group Tseminyu New Town. The celebration was held at RSA ground Tseminyu Old Town from November 27 and 28. According to DIPR, advisor, Veterinary and Animal Husbandry and Women Resources Development, R. Khing extended Ngada greetings and narrated how the forefathers
Journalists at the workshop on November 28. (NP)
Correspondent Ko h ima , N ov 2 8 (NPN): Kohima Educational Society (KET) organized a workshop for new and aspiring Naga writers with prominent writers and journalists as resource persons at Hotel Ura Kohima on Thursday. Writer, journalist and owner of pen Thrill Publications Kohima Vishü Rita Krocha in her speech on “publishing in Nagaland:
my experience” said she ventured into publishing without knowing many of the risks involved. She also shared her own experiences during the initial stage where she had to face many challenges. She further said that the greatest challenge in publishing books in Nagaland was lack of readership. Editor Nagaland Today, Bano Haralu spoke on “Interpreting the role of writers/journalists in Naga
society today”, where she said that newspapers and community needed to have more connection to express public views and opinions especially of the far flung areas. She also shared the challenges of electronic media in Nagaland and North East which she said has become an expensive affairs to give coverage coming from outside. Senior Journalist and editor North East press service (NEPS) Oken Jeet Sandham in his speech on “writing in Nagaland: my experience” shared about his journey in the field of journalism and writing books. Editor and publisher Imphal Free Press, Pradip Phanjoubam spoke on “different styles of writing: Eg. Western and India styles”. On day-two (Friday), various speakers like authors and publishers will be sharing their experiences. The programme was chaired by Charles Chasie KES member and attended by students, writers, and others.
DIMAPUR: Sakhi One Stop Centre (OSC) Peren, Pradhan Mantri Matru Vandana Yojana (PMMVY) and Mahila Shakti organised community awareness programme in collaboration with Social Welfare department and Child Helpline 1098 at New Chalkot, Peren on November 28. S u p e r v i s o r, I C D S Athibung, Kesiaga Kamlak gave a brief highlight about Poshan Abhiyan. District coordinator PMMVY, Keyizieteing Ndang highlighted about the scheme and spoke about the importance of seeking good health behaviour and benefits of vaccination. Caseworker OSC Peren, Peheilusile Haisobe highlighted about the centre while Lungngaulie, district coordinator MSK highlighted various schemes and Ganchuimei, counsellor of Child Helpline spoke about child rights. Around 137 participants including womenfolk, anganwadi workers, village councils, community members from New Chalkot and neighbouring villages attended the programme.
Awareness on male reproductive health in Phek
Resource persons and participants at the awareness session in Phek town.
DIMAPUR: FPA India (FPAI) Nagaland branch conducted an awareness session on male involvement in sexual and reproductive health with 5th NAP Bn Phek, Phek town on November 21. A press release by programme officer Akangkokla Namo stated that, resource person Dr. Pusasul Martin, MO PHC Lozaphuhu spoke on the three components contributing to male involvement in sexual and reproductive health which included promotion, preK Y M C
vention and to care for the spouse. Stressing on the responsibilities of a man, he said the cause of infertility was always attributed to the women without being aware that a man also have sexual and reproductive health issue. He further stated that it was important to learn the concept of family planning and its various methods in order to prevent unintended pregnancy and other diseases associated through sexual contact. Dr. Martin explained on the contracep-
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tive choices and informed on the availability of male permanent sterilization method known as No-Scalpel Vasectomy (NSV). Earlier in the programme, Lanu Aier, Dy. Commandant, 5th NAP Bn. Phek delivered the welcome address. Ville Rhetso, counselor FPAI Nagaland branch, shared the objective and gave an overview of Family Planning Association of India. Akangkokla Namo shared few major concerns of adolescence health and referred various
ways to deal and assist them as an adult when they were victimized to various social evils. FPAI Nagaland also conducted a session on sexual and reproductive health with the women group of 5th NAP Bn, Phek. Mothers were also sensitized on comprehensive sexuality education and were encouraged to create an environment at home where the child can freely share their problems without any hesitation as parents play an important role in child’s life.
Workshop on measles elimination
DIMAPUR: District level workshop on measles elimination and rubella control was held on November 28 at the Conference Hall of Chief Medical Office (CMO) Mokokchung. A press release by the department stated that at the workshop, deputy CMO Mokokchung, Dr. Kibangkumba informed that Mokokchung district MRVC campaign was successfully completed last year with coverage of 97.76%. Dr. Kibangkumba said World Health Organization (WHO)’s goal for elimination was targeted by 2020 but due to poor achievement in few countries the same has been extended to 2023 and added that regular trainings and surveillance was needed to achieve the goal. Resource person of the training, SMO WHO, Dr. Sheila Longkumer started the workshop with a session of overview on MR campaign, its objectives, micro planning etc. She also highlighted about the global and national update and way forward measles elimination and rubella control, etc. The workshop was attended by SMOs, MOs, DCM, ASHA coordinators and other health workers.
Miscreants burn down thatched house at Chida post
Police personal trying to douse the fire at Chida. (Source: WhatsApp)
K OH I M A , N OV 2 8 (NPN): With just two days left for Hornbill festival, around 10 thatched houses meant for tourists was burned down at Chida post near to Khezhakeno village by unknown miscreants during the wee hours on Thursday morning. The People’s Festival is being celebrated at Chida, Khezhakeno village under Phek district as part of the
annual Hornbill Festival from December 1-10. Police source confirmed the news that the thatched houses were burnt down around 1 a.m. Police personnel rushed to the spot and tired to douse the inferno, however the fire quickly got hold of the thatched houses. Around 10 thatch houses were completely burnt, but no casualties
were reported in the incident. Police sources informed that they have deployed additional police personnel including NAP and IRB in the area. It was also learnt that the Kezhakeno village youth took the initiative to construct new thatch houses and was said to be completed on Friday. (Correspondent)
eNaga Summit on November 30
DIMAPUR: Department of Information Technology and Communication will be organizing the 5th edition of eNaga Summit, 2019 under the theme “Towards making the State of Nagaland a leader in e-Democracy and Digital Society” on November 30 at 9 am at the RCEMPA conference room. Ambassador of Estonia to India, Katrin Kivi will grace the inaugural
programme as special guest. The summit will be conducted by resource persons from abroad, eGovernance Academy of Estonia, Officials from the Government of India, Scholars, Academia, Entrepreneurs, Facebook etc. Therefore, all departments have been requested to nominate their IT Nodal Officers for the Workshop.
SJC celebrates ‘World Heritage Week’
Teaching faculty and students at the celebration of ‘World Heritage Week’.
DIMAPUR: St. John College celebrated the “World Heritage Week” observed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and its 2nd annual college festival from November 19-25. A press release by SJC media cell informed that the Department of history celebrated the “World Heritage Week” as observed by UNESCO at the College premises. The celebration was inaugurated with a lecture on
“importance & significance of heritage in identity formation” by HoD, Mukutar R. Saikia. The department also published a souvenir titled, “A Glimpse of the Historical Sites of Nagaland” edited by assistant professor, History, Kuvethilu Thuluo. The celebration concluded with a lecture on “History of Human Evolution” by SJC principal, Professor S.T. Janetius. He enlightened the students with a detailed report on human evolution
DTCC Peren completes enforcement drive
Sub-centre inaugurated at Pfütsero
DIMAPUR: District Tobacco Control Cell (DTCC) Peren completed enforcement drive on November 13 at Peren town. A press release by office of Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Peren stated that the enforcement drive was carried out in collaboration with youth organisation Peren and police personnel of Peren under the command of officer in-charge, Yanthithung Lotha. The enforcement drive was initiated under COTPA ACT 2003 Sec 5( prohibition of advertisement of Cigarettes and other tobacco products), Sec 6(a) prohibition of sale of tobacco to minors, Sec 6(b) Prohibition of sale of tobacco products within hundred yards of any educational institutions, Sec(7) specified health warning labels on all tobacco products packs. The team seized tobacco products around educational institution and imposed fine from the shops that failed to abide by the act.
DIMAPUR: With an objective to cater basic health facilities to the local populace, a Sub-Centre was inaugurated at Mission Compound, T. Chikri, Pfütsero by principal director, health and family welfare, Dr. Vikeyie Losu on November 27. In his inaugural speech,
and mentioned about the importance of archaeological findings in the history writing process. In a separate event, the college also celebrated its 2nd annual College Festival under the motto, “Earn While You Learn”. Under this initiative students were encouraged to practice their own entrepreneurial skills, setting up stalls selling ethnic food and various fairground games which entertained the students and visitors. On the occasion, a
Dr. Vikeyie Losu expressed happiness for being able to set up this kind of health facility at the Mission Compound, which he said, reminded him of the medical mission started by the pioneer missionaries in India. Earlier, word of welcome and appreciation was
team from Civil Hospital Dimapur led by Dr. Temsu, carried out free blood group tests where a total of 62 students identified their blood group. A cultural programme was conducted which included several performances by student musicians, dancers, and stand up comedians. The programme was “headlined” by local band UDX, who were runners up at the Hornbill International Rock Contest 2018. The event was also attended by students from other colleges.
delivered by Chakhesang Baptist Church Council (CBCC) executive secretary, Rev. Khrotso Mero. Host of church leaders, public leaders and the concerned medical authority and officials of Phek district attended the inaugural programme.
Minister of Higher & Technical Education and Tribal Affairs, Temjen Imna Along inspecting the construction of Mangkolemba Model College on November 27. He was accompanied by Dr. Longrineken, advisor, Treasuries & Accounts and NH and Moatoshi Longkumer, MLA DMP-II A/C and Razouvolie Dozo, ADC Mangkolemba. (DIPR) K Y M C
FIR filed against ex-NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela Prateek Hajela the complainant said. The FIR, a copy of which was made available to the media, claimed that Hajela had appointed several retired government officials as his advisors and they were provided with new vehicles and a handsome salary package. There is no record of the nature of job done by the advisors and this expenditure has not been audited by the CAG, it said. The FIR further alleged that a large number of school teachers were engaged in the updation process but no remuneration was paid to them but it has been shown on records that they have been paid huge amounts “which we believe has been misappropriated by Hajela and his close aides”. It further alleged that for
updation of the NRC about ten thousand laptops were purchased at the cost of Rs 44,500 each but on survey, it has been found that its market value is Rs 22,500 a piece and “this is another instance of corruption in the NRC updation process”. About eleven thousand Electric Generators were purchased by Hajela at double its market price, Deka alleged in the FIR. The FIR further alleged that it is a well-known fact that the former NRC coordinator did not allow the statutory audit of the NRC as he had committed huge financial irregularities and if inquired properly, the truth will come out. “The above instances clearly indicate that huge corruption has taken place in the NRC updation process with Hajela and his close aides playing an active role in it”, Deka alleged. Under the circumstances, it is therefore, requested that an investigation may be carrief out to bring out the truth and doing the needful as per the law, the FIR stated.
New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI): The Centre has extended the ban on the Assam-based insurgent outfit ULFA for five years for continuing subversive activities, including killings, kidnapping and extortions. In a notification, the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) said the ULFA has been indulging in various illegal and violent activities intended to disrupt the sovereignty and territorial integrity of India in furtherance of its objective of liberating Assam. “Now therefore, in exercise of the powers conferred by sub-section (1) of section 3 of the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, 1967 (37 of 1967), the central government hereby declares the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) along with all its factions, wings and front organisations as an unlawful association,” it said. A ministry official said the ban has been extended for five years. The home ministry said in its notification that the ULFA has aligned itself with other unlawful associations of Northeastern region to secede Assam from India.
RK Meghen receives rousing welcome Correspondent
IMPHAL, Nov 28: Hundreds of people on Thursday gave a rousing homecoming reception to Manipur rebel leader who was recently released from a jail in Guwahati where he served 10 years imprisonment for waging war against Indian Union among other charges. The rebel leader, former chairman of United National Liberation Front (UNLF) RK Meghen aka Sanayaima termed Manipur’s present situation as “very sensitive and complex”. “I think the present situation is a very sensitive and complex one as well as very controversial,” Meghen said while talking to reporters after he paid a visit to sacred Kangla fort before he entered his native home in Imphal’s Yaiskul. He added that if people stand united and firm, no one can destroy the unity and integrity of Manipur. It is my firm believe,” he said. Earlier, on his arrival at the Imphal airport, the rebel leader said “I feel overwhelmed. The love and the trust the people of Manipur imposed in me, I always upheld it and will uphold it
former UNLF chairman RK Meghen received a rousing welcome at Imphal Airport. (NP) in future too. I have given by life for the people of Manipur.” The rebel leader who was the chairman of the UNLF until he was captured by Indian authority vowed that he will always work to fulfil the aspirations of the people of Manipur. He stated that it was because of love and support of the people of the state that he was able to meet the people of the state again. “Who know I might have faced unwanted consequences after my arrest from Bangladesh,” he said. The rebel leader was allegedly arrested by Bangladesh police in 2010 and handed over to them even though Indian authority (NIA) claimed that he was arrested from a place in
GPRN / NSCN terminates two cadres
DIMAPUR, NOV 27: The GSO -1 (Admn) Naga Army, GPRN / NSCN has announced that it has terminated 2nd Lieut. Panchin. Army No. 19606, S/o Mihjit, Meihoa village and 2nd Lieut. Abo. M, Army No. 19607 S/o Mannyem, Janu village both from Arunachal Region , from active national service w.e.f. November 22 in exercise of the Anti National Act enshrined in the NARRA 76 clause -111. The GPRN/ NSCN added that it shall henceforth not bear any liabilities for any future act or activities of the said persons.
GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND OFFICE OF THE ADDITIONAL DEPUTY COMMISSIONER TSEMINYU : NAGALAND NO.ADCT/JUD/SC-1/2009/PT-III/300 OBJECTION NOTICE Whereas Smti Thunocholu, D/o Late N.G Avio Zho who expired on 01/12/2006 has applied for issuance of Succession Certificate to Draw/Operate/Transfer her late father pension- PPO No PEN/COM-21966/NL/F/08706/Family pension under section 375 of the Indian Succession Act 1925. Public are hereby asked to file any claims/Objection within 30 (thirty) days from the date of issue of the notice failing which no claims/objection will be entertained after the stipulated time. NOKCHASASHI Additional Deputy Commissioner Tseminyu : Nagaland K-3246
GUWAHATI, NOV 28 (PTI): The winter session of the Assam Assembly began on a stormy note on Thursday with the opposition Congress and AIUDF protesting against the Citizens (Amendment) Bill and the state government’s move to cancel the NRC, lying down outside the House after being prevented from pressing for acceptance of their adjournment motion. As soon as the house assembled for the day, opposition Congress and AIUDF tried to raise the two contentious issues through an adjournment motion after oaths were administered to the four newly elected MLAs. “Speaker Sir, we gave you an adjournment motion to discuss two very crucial issues of NRC and Citizenship (Amendment) Bill. Please allow us to raise these,” Congress MLA and former minister Ajanta Neog said. When the speaker Hitendra Nath Goswami did not give permission and directed to raise the matter after the Question Hour, members of the two parties rushed to the well of the house, shouting slogans and displaying placards. “We will not allow to cancel the NRC”, “Cancel the anti- Assam CAB”, “Implement every clause of the Assam Accord”, “Inquilab Zindabad” and “Jai Aai Asom” were some of the slogans raised inside the house. Their slogans were countered by “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” by the ruling BJP MLAs in the treasury bench. The placards by the proteting members of the two parties too mentioned similar slogans. After some time, the Congress and AIUDF legislators staged a walkout from the house. The Congress MLAs, including former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, then assembled at the entrance of the house and lay down on the verandah almost blocking the passage to go
inside. They shouted slogans against the BJP-led government and displayed the placards. After end of the Question Hour, the speaker said in the house: “adjournment motion always comes after the Question Hour. We have to follow the rules. The opposition was playing to the gallery and it is not good. “They violated rules and procedures of the house and I am hurt about that. This is unfortunate.” With the house continuing with its normal functioning thereafter without presence of the opposition MLAs, Parliamentary Affairs minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said: “The Congress destroyed Assam and they do not have the right to say ‘Jai Aai Asom’ (Assam Mata ki Jai). During Congress rule, 855 youths were martyred.” Taunting at the nature of protest outside the house, the minister suggested them to go home and sleep if they are feeling sleepy in the assembly. In the 126-member Assam assembly, Congress has 24 MLAs while number of AIUDF legislators stands at 14. BJP has 61 MLAs while its ruling partners AGP and Bodoland People’s Front (BPF) have 14 and 12 members respectively. The winter session of the state assembly that started on Thursday will end on December 6. On November 20, Assam Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the state government had requested the centre to reject the recently updated National Register of Citizens (NRC), while on the same day Union Home Minister Amit Shah had announced to have a country-wide NRC that would include Assam again. This comes when the centre is likely to introduce the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Bill in coming days during the ongoing winter session of Parliament.
Happy Birthday Yasen! You’re absolutely the Sweetest thing that has happened in our life! You are a precious gift who has filled our lives with happiness. Happy 2nd Birthday to our little angel. God Bless You with Good Health and Long Life. Loving Dad, Mom, Bro, Sis and Grand Parents. ___________________________ Dear Priya Hope your birthday is full of sunshine and rainbows and love and laughter! Sending many good wishes to you on your special day. From family & relatives ___________________________ Happy birthday (Sir Bishnu) On your very special day, I must say that you inspire me in many ways. I’m lucky to have the opportunity of knowing you. I hope you have a wonderful birthday! Jacob ___________________________ Dear, miss Nikki On your special day we would like to wish you an exciting life, full of great discoveries and joyful surprises. May God bless you abundantly. Happy Birthday love. From, Sister, mom and aunt ___________________________ Dearest pastor Robert Aley, Many many happy returns of the Day. Behind every successful program, event, winning soul for Christ in our church is a selfless work done by you always willing to give yourself fully to the flock. Pastor, you’re one year closer to your heavenly reward. God bless you and happy birthday. From, Nepali Baptist Church Chümoukedima Family. ___________________________ Happy Birthday Pastor Robert, Today is the day that the Lord has made you to be. Pastor, thank you for guiding me to the way of Christ, for showing me the right way to do things. Best bday, dearest pastor! From , Jacob Sundas
FELICITATION Wi t h i m m e n s e p r i d e a n d honour, the sons and daughters & grand children of Lt. Lipokmeren and Lt. Meyunaro congratulates Dr. Moasanen Alingri (s/o Mr. Ripang Alingri and Mrs. Achetla Amer) on being conferred the Doctoral degree from the Department of Geography, Nagaland University, under the supervision of Prof. T. Lanusosang, on the topic, “Urbanization and Emerging Environmental Issues in Nagaland”. May the Almighty God shower him with blessings. We further wish him a successful and bright life ahead.
BEFORE NOTARY PUBLIC/OATH COMMISSIONER NAGALAND DIMAPUR : NAGALAND AFFIDAVIT
Regd. No. 658/19
Sir Bishnu Bhattacharjee,
President, Minority Wing Central "On your birthday we wish for you that whatever you want most in life it comes to you just the way you imagined it or better. Happy birthday!" Members of NPF Minority Wing Dimapur, Nagaland DP-XXX
I, Smti Somola Islary, D/o Thanishor resident of H.No. 103 Sector A at Bamungaon Chirang District Assam do hereby solemnly affirm and declare on oath as under :1) That, my name was written as Somola without my surname Islary in the records of Central Board of Secondary Education, Delhi. 2) That, the names Somola Islary and Somola are one and the same person of my name, but my official name is Somola Islary. 3) That the contents of the Declaration are true and correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. DEPONENT Solemnly affirmed and declared before me by the Deponent. Notary Public/Oath Commissioner Nagaland Dimapur : Nagaland DP-8750
The Nagaland Judicial Officers’ Association (NJOA) with immense pride, joy and honour extends our heartiest congratulations to his Lordship Justice S. Hukato Swu for being elevated as a Judge of the Gauhati High Court. It is indeed a momentous occasion for the NJOA and the Judiciary of Nagaland as his Lordship is the first Judicial Officer from Nagaland to be elevated as a Judge. In the past, there had been others from Nagaland who were elevated as Judge but they were all from the members of the Bar and not from the Bench. The NJOA also convey our profound gratitude to the Gauhati High Court for acknowledging and recognizing the efforts put in by the Judiciary of Nagaland. The elevation of His Lordship as Judge is an inspiration and motivation to the NJOA. The NJOA wishes his Lordship Justice S. Hukato Swu the very best and we pray to the Almighty God to guide you and grant you wisdom as you dispense justice and setting a standard for us to follow you in your footsteps. -Sd(INALO ZHIMOMI) SECRETARY : NJOA
GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND OFFICE OF THE DEPUTY COMMISSIONER WOKHA : NAGALAND No. Judl-47/2017-18/ Dt, Wokha the 5th Nov 2019 NOTICE Whereas, Smti. Zuchobeni Lotha wife of Late Shri. Nnyamo Lotha, a permanent resident of Wokha, has applied for issue of Succession Certificate to enable her to draw all dues and benefits/family pension from the Govt. and to draw LIC Policy No. 492860998, No. 492861921, No. 492931424, No. 492931994, No. 492934142 and to close SBI Rangapahar Branch No. 11274142260, AC No. 11846931538 and AC No. 36052304343 (RD) in favour of her deceased husband Late Shri. Nnyamo Lotha who expired on 10/10/2019. Now, therefore, the public and relatives are hereby invited to file claims/ objections if any, within 30 (thirty) days from the date of issue of this notice. Further, no claims or objections shall be entertained after the cut off date and Succession Certificate shall be issued to the concerned. Sd/- K. Mhathung Tsanglao Addl. Deputy Commissioner Wokha, Nagaland WC-435
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Bihar. After completion of his prison term, he was released from Guwahati Central Jail on November 9 last. However, while he was planning to return to Imphal with his son and lawyer, a team of NIA had reported took him to New Delhi and detained at an undisclosed place. The homecoming of the rebel leader came after some human right activists
of the state petitioned court as well as Manipur Human Right Commission to disclose whereabouts of the rebel leader. Meghen returned home after 44 years since he left Manipur to join the rebel group resorting to armed struggle to regain Manipur’s freedom from India. On his arrival at Imphal Bir Tikendrajit International Airport this afternoon, he was accorded a rousing homecoming by his family members, relatives and hundreds of well-wishers. On the seeing the huge crowd at the airport to welcome home him, rebel leader saluting them with tears on his eyes. Thereafter, he was taken home along with his son in a cavalcade. He was greeted all the way until Yaiskul, his native locality in Imphal.
Opp walkout, anti-CAB protests mark Day 1 of Assam Assembly
LONGKHIM TOWN STUDENTS UNION (LTSU) FELICITATION The LONGKHIM TOWN STUDENTS UNION would heartily like to extend our profound gratitude to MISS VIDILA JINGLARÜ, D/O MR. KHIUKHANGBA SANGTAM of Chimonger Village for securing the post of Asst. Professor in Zoology under Higher Education in NPSC Examination 2019. SEPICHEM SANGTAM President DP-8743
LICHUNGTSA Gen. Secy.
IN THE COURT OF PRINCIPAL DISTRICT AND SESSIONS JUDGE KIPHIRE : NAGALAND NO.PD & SJ.KPE OBJECTION NOTICE-1/2019-20/
Dt. Kpe the 26th November, 2019
OBJECTION NOTICE Whereas Mrs. Chumdongla, wife of Late Mr. A. Supong Sangtam of Seyochung Village P.O/Dist. Kiphire has applied for issue of Succession Certificate to operate/draw/transfer/withdraw the debts & security in respect of her Late husband, who expired on 3rd March 2019. Now therefore, the public are hereby asked to file claims/objection if any within 30 (thirty) days from the date of issue of this notice. Victo Sema (NJS), Principal District and Sessions Judge Kiphire, Nagaland DP-8758
The Sematilla Council Dimapur takes pride to congratulate Mr. Vinoh Swu, S/o Toikhu Swu and Mrs. Hekani Swu who successfully came out with flying colours in the Staff Selection Commission (SSC) and qualified as Tax Assistant. The Council acknowledges his achievement in bringing laurels to our Colony and further wishes him a bright future in all his endeavours. SHIKHETO SUMI Secretary Sematilla Council
VIKATO ZHIMOMI Chairman Sematilla Council
GUWAHATI, NOV 28: An FIR was filed on Thursday against former NRC Coordinator Prateek Hajela by the Assam Public Works (APW) with the CBI’s AntiCorruption branch, alleging huge misappropriation of government funds in updating the NRC in the state. APW, the original petitioner in the Supreme Court leading to the updation of the NRC in Assam under the supervision of the apex court,filed the FIR requesting for a high level probe into the alleged corruption/ misappropriation of government funds by the former NRC state-coordinator and his close aides. The case registered by APW member Rajib Deka said that the central government was funding the NRC updation process through the state coordinator. “As per information, an amount of approximately Rs 1600 crore has already been released and we request you to inquire into the whole process of utilisation of the funds as several illegalities and financial irregularities has been committed in making different expenditures,”
Govt extends ban on ULFA for 5 years
Nagaland Post, Dimapur FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
With much joy and pride, we the family members extend our heartiest congratulations to Myanthung Patton, S/o Mr. and Mrs. Khotsemo Patton of Riphyim Old Village for securing the post of LDA cum Computer Assistant, under School Education Department in the recently conducted exam. Family Members
AKULUTO AREA UNION DIMAPUR 'For us by us'
The Akuluto Area Union Dimapur with immense pride and with great joy congratulates : 1. Mr. Khevuto Chophy on being promoted to Additional Director, Department of Treasuries & Accounts. 2. Mr. Tohovi Kinnimi on being appointed as G.B. Diphupar, Dimapur We thank God for your achievement and wish you the best in your future endeavours. (APETO ASSUMI) President, AAUD
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BJP tried to subvert democracy in Maha: Sonia BJP getting paid back for its arrogance,
NEW DELHI, NOV 28 (PTI): Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday hit out at the BJP, accusing it of making shameless attempts to “subvert democracy” in Maharashtra and blatantly sabotage the three-party alliance from coming to power in the state. Addressing the Congress Parliamentary Party meeting in Parliament House, she also attacked the governor of the state, Bhagat Singh Koshyari, saying he had acted in an “unprecedented and reprehensible manner”. “There is no doubt that he (Koshyari) acted under the instructions of the prime minister and the home minister. The BJP’s pre-poll alliance did not hold because of its own arrogance and overconfidence,” Gandhi said at the meeting attended by all Congress MPs from the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha. “Ever y effor t was made to blatantly sabotage the three-party alliance government formation, but we appealed to the Supreme
Sonia Gandhi Court and the Modi-Shah government was totally exposed. Let me assure you, we three parties are united in our resolve to defeat the BJP’s sordid manipulations,” she added. Gandhi said it was clear that the Modi-Shah government is “bankrupt” of decency and clueless on how to manage the grave problems facing the country. She added that the economic crisis in the country was deepening, growth was declining, unemployment growing and investment not happening. “There is worsening distress among farmers, traders and small and medium businesses. Consump-
tion, especially in rural areas, is falling. Exports are declining. And prices of essential food commodities are rising, causing hardship to households. Instead of tackling the problem, the Modi-Shah government is busy fudging statistics or, indeed, not publishing them at all,” the Congress president said. “The public sector has been put on the block, in all probability, to be sold off to a few favoured business people. What will he the fate of the thousands of workers at those enterprises? Lakhs upon lakhs of salaried and ordinary families are worried about their deposits in banks,” she said. The Congress president also attacked the government on the RCEP issue, NRC, reading down of Article 370, electoral bonds and snooping allegations among other things. “Because the NRC project implemented by the BJP government in Assam, monitored by the Supreme Court, has not fulfilled the RSS-BJP expectations and propaganda, there is now
clamour in the ruling party for a fresh NRC in that state. The home minister is also speaking of unleashing an NRC in the entire country - a step that will only lead to more fear and panic,” she said. Gandhi claimed that democracy was again subverted when the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 was abrogated under the “blatantly false promise of a new beginning” to Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh. She added that the ground realities were completely different from the “fictitious images” conjured up by the Modi-Shah government. “The agony, anguish and humiliation of the people continues. Former chief ministers, who in the past were political allies of the BJP, MLAs, political workers and ordinary people who believed in the idea of India and abided by the Constitution of India have been under house arrest for months. Even children are not being spared in the crackdown,” she said. Speaking on the issue
of the revelations of surveillance through PEGASUS, a spying software, Gandhi questioned the silence of the government over it’s role in “violating the fundamental rights of the citizens”. She further said that there were a number of “infirmities” in the electoral bonds scheme, which she alleged were “pushed through” by the prime minister only to benefit the ruling party and to protect its financiers – while removing wholesale any checks and balances in this sensitive matter of political funding. Congratulating her party members over the election results in Haryana and Maharashtra, the Congress president said it proved those predicting doom were hopelessly wrong. “These are undoubtedly extraordinary times when our fortitude and resilience are under the greatest of tests. But collectively we will turn the tide, not for our sake but for the sake of the Constitution, for the sake of a liberal and pluralistic democracy and for the sake of our country and our people,” she said.
mandate against NRC, says Mamata
KOLKATA, NOV 28 (PTI): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the TMC’s victory in the Assembly by-polls was in favour of “secularism and unity” and a “mandate against NRC”. The TMC chief said, the BJP is getting paid back for its “arrogance” and for “insulting” the people of the state, after the party won two seats and took an unassailable lead in another. Tapan Deb Sinha of the TMC won the Kaliaganj seat by defeating his nearest rival Kamal Chandra Sarkar of the BJP by 2,417 votes, EC officials said. TMC candidate Pradip Sarkar won the by-poll to Kharagpur Sadar seat by defeating BJP’s Prem Chandra Jha by 20,788 votes. The ruling party has also taken an unassailable lead in Karimpur with its candidate Bimalendu Sinha Roy leading over BJP’s Jay Prakash Majumdar by over 23,000 votes. “We dedicate this victory to the people of Bengal. This is a victory in favour of secularism and unity and
Mamata Banerjee is a mandate against NRC. The BJP is getting paid back for its arrogance of power and for insulting the people of the state. “This mandate is against the politics of arrogance and people have outrightly rejected the BJP. They want to turn legal citizens of the country into refugees and send them to detention centres,” Banerjee told a TV channel. The CPI(M) and the Congress, instead of trying to strenghten themselves, are helping the BJP in West Bengal, Banerjee said. Critricising the central government for failing to generate employment and pursuing politics over
religion, Banerjee said the mandate in the recent elections in Maharashtra and Harayana, where the BJP failed to get the majority, and the Assembly by-polls in the state is a reflection of “people’s anger” against the BJP. “The countdown has started. They are not interested in generating employment or development. They are more interested in dividing people over religion and threatening others,” she said. The BJP should not think that the people of this country will accept their “bullish tactics” of forming governments in states despite not having the majority, she said.
48 websites of central SC agrees to hear PIL seeking consecutive jail terms in cases of corruption, terrorism ministries, state govts hacked
OFFICE OF THE
VILLAGE COUNCIL KANGCHING P.O. Tuli- 798618, B.P.O. Tamlu District : Longleng, Nagaland
We the Village Council and Citizen Body of Kangching Village vehemently condemn the incident which took place; a life attempt of P.I. Yanger Phom, a bonafide citizen of Kangching on the 11th November 2019, by the habitual offenders namely Mr. Tautung, Mr. Chingkam and Mr. Wongkhai without any cause or reason and man-handled to allegedly murder the victim on the spot. The victim barely escaped. Thus, we the undersigned on behalf of one and all condemn such evil habitual practice and urge the responsible authorities not to release those accused persons on bail unless scrutinized and awarded befitting punishment as applicable under the law.
Hamlom Chairman Village Council Kangching Village
(A Central University Established by an Act of Parliament 1989)
SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING AND TECHNOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF BIOTECHNOLOGY D.C. COURT JUNCTION: DIMAPUR-797112, NL,
Website: www.nagalanduniversity.ac.in, Email: email@example.com NU/SET/BT/PROJECT/4/2019-894
WALK-IN INTERVIEW Interested qualified candidates are invited for a walk-in interview for the DBT funded project “Development of plant based assay system for primary screening of lead molecule(s) from medicinal plants of Nagaland” to be conducted on 18th December 2019 at 11:00 AM at Dean’s office, School of Engineering and Technology, Nagaland University, DC Court Junction, Dimapur. Candidates are required to bring with them the documents supporting their educational qualification and experiences in original with one set photocopy to be retained by the institution along with one recent colour passport size photo. Sl Name of Post No. of Educational qualification Fellowship No post 1 Junior 1 M a s t e r D e g r e e i n B i o c h e m i s t r y / 31000 per Research Microbiology/ Biotechnology/life sciences month + Fellow (JRF) or B.Tech/M.Tech in Biotechnology and HRA selected through National Eligibility Tests like CSIR – UGC NET including lectureship (Assistant professorship) or GATE Or as per DBT norms Note: 1. No TA/DA will be admissible to the candidate appearing the interview 2. The above post is purely temporary and co-terminus with the project DC-1702
(Dr. Rajkrishna Mondal) Principal Investigator, DBT Project
Section 31 of CrPC says that in cases of conviction of several offences in one trial, the court may sentence him to the several punishments where one jail term would commence after expiration of the other, unless the court directs that such punishments shall run concurrently. The plea has sought directions to the Law Commission to examine anticorruption, anti-separatism and anti-terrorism laws and policies of the United States of America, Australia, Israel and Spain and prepare a report within three months. It also sought directions to the central government to
ASSAM RIFLES PUBLIC SCHOOL, ZUNHEBOTO, NAGALAND C/O 32 ASSAM RIFLES (Affiliated to CBSE, New Delhi) SELECTION OF COUNSELLOR & PE TEACHERS ON CONTRACTUAL BASIS 1. Assam Rifles Public School Zunheboto, Nagaland hereby invites application for Counsellor & PE teachers on contractual basis for one year. Qualifications for appointment of following teachers are as under :(a) Counsellor - BA with Psychology or Graduate with a Certificate or Diploma in Counselling. (b) PE Teacher - Graduate in Physical Education or B.P. Ed or M.P. Ed. D.P. Ed awarded by recognized university/ institution after training of minimum one academic session provided that the admission qualification for the Diploma is at least a university degree. 2. The candidates having experience certificate will be given preference with negotiations. 3. Application with bio-data and a recent passport size photo should reach this office on or before 10 Dec 2019. Interview will be conducted on 15 Dec 2019 at the premises of the school at 1000 hours. All candidates to bring their original certificates at the time of interview. 4. Applications can also be forwarded online on our e-mail : firstname.lastname@example.org. Vice Chairman Managing Committee ARPS, Zunheboto Mob No. 9366210779
GOVERNMENT OF NAGALAND
ascertain the feasibility of adopting the best laws and policies of these countries against corruption, separatism and terrorism. The plea said the country does not have a policy on consecutive and concurrent sentences and the apex court had indicated the need for consecutive sentences in its past judgements.
Dated Kohima, the th Nov ' 2019
Applications are hereby invited from eligible Male/Female candidates from Indigenous inhabitants of Nagaland belonging to any Naga Tribes including Kuki, Kachari and Garo Tribes for filling up the under mentioned post under Director General Home Guards & Civil Defence, Nagaland, Kohima in the manner prescribed below:Sl.no Name of post No.of vacancy Educational qualification Scale of pay th 7 ROP 2017 Pay 1. Instructor Havildar 2 (two) Bachelor's Degree. Matrix level-5 Relaxation in Educational Qualification: HSSLC Passed for Backward Tribes. Age limits : Minimum -21 years, Maximum-35 years. Note: (a) Recruitment test consisting of Medical test, Physical test, written test and oral (for those passing physical & written test) will be conducted by a Recruitment Board with the representatives from Home & P& AR Department. (b) Candidates should furnish recent passport photo/Xerox copies of educational certificate/documents, self-attested along with the application: 1. Academic certificates. 2. Indigenous certificate 3. Schedule Tribe Certificate. 4. Birth certificate 5. Backward certificate 6. Unemployment certificate. 7. The application with required certificates/documents should be submitted to Director General Home Guards & Civil Defence, Nagaland Kohima during office hours. Application will be summarily rejected if any of the above certificates/ documents are incomplete/tampered or forged. Serving Government employees applying for the post should submit NOC issued by concern HOD. 8. Candidates shortlisted for the posts for viva-voce are required to produce original documents/certificates. 9. Application sent through Post/Email or any other Electronic means shall not be accepted. 10. Last date for submission of application will be 10/12/19 during office hours. 11. Application form can be downloaded from Director General Home Guards & Civil Defence www.hgcd.nagaland.gov.in during the office hours. (c) No TA/DA shall be admissible to the candidates appearing for medical test, physical test, written test & oral test etc. (d) The venue of the recruitment test will be held at Central training Institute, Home Guards & Civil Defence, Toluvi, Dimapur. The date for the recruitment test will be published in the local papers. (e) No individual intimation for interviews would be sent. (I.TOSHITSUNGBA AIER) IAS Director General Issued by DIPR dc-xxxx
“However, successive governments have failed to take appropriate steps in this regard,” it said. The plea said that the punishment for white collar crimes is not sufficient as can be seen in the coal scam where Rs 185,591 crore were involved but the maximum punishment awarded was three years with a fine of Rs 50,00,000.
OFFICE OF THE
KOHIMA MUNICIPAL COUNCIL
KOHIMA: NAGALAND NO. KMC/NOT-01/-01/2017-19 Dated Kohima, the 27th Nov, 2019
In continuation with the office Order No. KMC NOT/01/19/2556 dated, Kma the 25th October. 2019. It is hereby informed all the intending candidates who has applied for the post of Driver and Sweeper under the establishment of Kohima Municipal Council that an interview is scheduled to be held on 6th December, 2019 at KMC Office. All the concerned are hereby directed to report to the office at 10:00 A.M along with their original documents. (KOVI MEYASE) Administrator, Kohima Municipal Council DC-1703
This is an appeal, made in accordance to resolution adopted in an executive meeting held on 25th day of Nov. 2019, to all fellow residents of Supply Colony to kindly keep their domesticated dogs in proper enclosures; within one's own compound and are advised not to take out or allow their dogs to stay in the streets and roads for defecation or urination in the open street/ road. This appeal is made for the safety and hygiene of one and all. The residents of Supply Colony are requested to adhere to the appeal and in case of failure to co-operate, the defaulting owner of the dogs will incur heavy penalty by the Council authority. (Shri. Tokheho Achumi) Chairman Supply Colony Council Dimapur : Nagaland
OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR GENERAL HOME GUARDS & CIVIL DEFENCE NO.HG/Estt(A)-1/2016/
Mr. L. Khongshau President Kangching Buhu
Laundering Act (PMLA), the Foreign Contribution (Regulation) Act (FCRA), the Black Money and Imposition of Tax Act, and Fugitive Economic Offenders Act, the PIL said. “Extorting money by spreading terrorism in society is the aim of organized criminals. The money is not spent on just causes but to derail state economy. It is therefore essential to provide for strictest punishment. Punishment envisaged in the Maharashtra Control Organised Crime Act was three to 10 years of imprisonment which can be extended to life imprisonment,” it said.
FELICITATION With great joy & happiness, we the Akuluto Town Union Dimapur (ATUD) thank God and congratulate Shri. Khevito Sema, S/o Yehokhu Chophy, on his promotion to the post of Addl. Director of Finance Department (Treasuries & Accounts Branch). We wish him good health and pray that Almighty God will give you wisdom and understanding to serve the people of Nagaland with sincerity and satisfactorily. (Er. N. TOKY CHISHI) President, ATUD
(AHETO KINIMI) General Secretary, ATUD
ber attacks on Indian cyber space. The minister said it has been observed that attackers are compromising computer systems located in different parts of the world and use masquerading techniques and hidden servers to hide the identity of actual systems from which the attacks are being launched. “According to the logs analysed and made available to CERT-In, the Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of the computers from where the attacks appear to be originated belong to various countries including China, Pakistan, Netherlands, France, Taiwan, Tunisia, Russia, Algeria and Serbia,” he added.
ed after four weeks,” said the bench, which also comprised justices B R Gavai and Surya Kant. The plea had said that the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC) provision, which provides that a convict can serve varying jail terms simultaneously for several offences, should not be made applicable to the convicts in heinous cases. Section 31 of the CrPC should not apply to special laws such as the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act (UAPA), the Prevention of Corruption Act (PCA), the Prohibition of Benami Property Transactions Act, the Prevention of Money
With immense pride and honour, we the THILIXU VILLAGE STUDENTS' UNION would like to congratulate : 1. Ms Tonikaly Yeptho, D/o Mr Toshiho Yeptho for successfully securing the post of LDA under School Education Dept. in the recently concluded exam. 2. Mrs Nivikali Achumi, D/o Mr Pukhaxu Achumi for successfully securing the post of Junior Associate under the State Bank of India in the recently concluded exam. 3. Rev. Hukiye Achumi, on being Ordained as a Reverend under WSBAK/SBC. The Union further takes joy in your triumph and pray that the Almighty God lead you all to greater success in the days to come. (ABETOLI KIBA) PRESIDENT
(GHUNAVI AYE) GENERAL SECRETARY
NEW DELHI, NOV 28 (AGENCIES): Forty eight websites of ministries of Centre and state governments were hacked this year up to October, Parliament was informed on Thursday. “As per the information reported to and tracked by Indian Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT-In) a total number of 110 and 48 websites of central ministries/ departments and state governments were hacked during the year 2018 and 2019 (till October), respectively,” minister of state for electronics and IT Sanjay Dhotre said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha. He added that there have been attempts from time-to-time to launch cy-
NEW DELHI, NOV 28 (PTI): The Supreme Court Thursday agreed to hear after four weeks a PIL seeking that various jail terms, awarded to a convict under special laws on corruption and terrorism, be made to run consecutively as in countries like the US and not concurrently. A bench headed by Chief Justice S A Bobde considered the submissions by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay that the plea needed an urgent hearing as the apex court had issued the notice to the Centre in March this year. He said the pleadings such as filing of responses by the Centre to the petition has already been completed and it be now listed for hearing. “Let the matter be list-
Nagaland Post Vol. XXIX NO. 354 Dimapur, FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
Time to act east
ith Guwahati and Imphal going to be the venues for the forthcoming annual summit meeting between Prime Ministers of India and Japan, New Delhi’s much-touted Act East policy is expected to get a big boost as this is for the first time that such a summit-level meeting is being held in the Northeast. Though there has been no official confirmation so far, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe are expected to arrive Guwahati on December 15evening, go out on a cruise on the Brahmaputra the following morning and hold talks, among other engagements, and halt for the night, before flying out to Imphal on December 17. The scheduled summit comes days after the Assam government signedan MoU with Times Group few days back for hosting Filmfare Awards in Guwahati in February 2020, which will be for the first time that the prestigious award function will be hosted outside Mumbai. This was preceded by Assam Industries &Commerce Department signingan MoU with Malaysia India Business Council to improve twoway trade and investment. Thus, of late, Guwahati has become the happing place aimed at giving a new fillip to progress in India’s Northeast, especially Assam, all in sync with India’s Act East policy. The Modi government does mean business, literally when it changed Look East policy into Act east policy. The Modi government aims at tapping the region’s full potential so that it serves as the crucible between India’s mainland and South East Asian countries. No wonder, work on some big ticket infrastructure projects aimed at improving both intraregion and inter-region connectivity, many of which were started by the erstwhile Congress-led UPA government, have gathered steam, with primary focus being on development of airports, road infrastructure, railways and riverways. Countries like Japan too have chipped in and announced investment in infrastructure projects worth Rs 13,000 crore in the region. These include Guwahati Water Supply Project and Guwahati Sewage Project in Assam, Northeast Road Network Connectivity Improvement Project spread over Assam and Meghalaya, Northeast Network Connectivity Improvement Project in Meghalaya, Bio-diversity Conservation and Forest Management Project in Sikkim, Sustainable Forest Management Project in Tripura, Technical Cooperation Project for Sustainable Agriculture & Irrigation in Mizoram, Forest Management Project in Nagaland, etc. While all these are welcome, a reality check is nonetheless essential to check whether projects as part of the Act East initiative are really accruing benefits to the region as envisaged, and whether there’s any lacuna in overall approach. No doubt, progress has been achieved with connectivity in states like Arunachal Pradesh, Garo Hills (in Meghalaya), Mizoram and Tripura (via Barak Valley in Assam). Similarly, new airports have come up (like Pakyong Airport in Sikkim) and older airports are being expanded and modernised, even as international flights have started from Guwahati airport. However, amidst all these somewhat impressive show, the harsh realities of most infrastructure projects being plagued by huge and inordinate delays can’t be missed. While delays in execution of infrastructure projects are legendary (Kaladan Multi-Modal Transit Transport Project being a prime example, along with the snail’s pace on expansion of the 4-lane NH 29 between Kohima-Dimapur road, which forms a crucial link in the Asian Highway, the need for governance is yet to attain the desired level to contribute towards promoting economic progress. This demands a realistic assessment and especially a bold response to the north east insurgency. The Act East is not confined to the north but involves people of both sides of IndoMyanmar border and thyneed to be taken on board in this entire initiative.
DailyDevotion The Riches of the Destitute …being justified freely by His grace… —Romans 3:24 The gospel of the grace of God awakens an intense longing in human souls and an equally intense resentment, because the truth that it reveals is not palatable or easy to swallow. There is a certain pride in people that causes them to give and give, but to come and accept a gift is another thing. I will give my life to martyrdom; I will dedicate my life to service— I will do anything. But do not humiliate me to the level of the most hell-deserving sinner and tell me that all I have to do is accept the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ. We have to realize that we cannot earn or win anything from God through our own efforts. We must either receive it as a gift or do without it. The greatest spiritual blessing we receive is when we come to the knowledge that we are destitute. Until we get there, our Lord is powerless. He can do nothing for us as long as we think we are sufficient in and of ourselves. We must enter into His kingdom through the door of destitution. As long as we are “rich,” particularly in the area of pride or independence, God can do nothing for us. It is only when we get hungry spiritually that we receive the Holy Spirit. The gift of the essential nature of God is placed and made effective in us by the Holy Spirit. He imparts to us the quickening life of Jesus, making us truly alive. He takes that which was “beyond” us and places it “within” us. And immediately, once “the beyond” has come “within,” it rises up to “the above,” and we are lifted into the kingdom where Jesus lives and reigns (see John 3:5).
Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it. ~ William Arthur Ward
Nagaland Post, Dimapur FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
God marketized in a globalized world of religion
uring the fourth quarter of the 20th Century and through the first decade of the 21st Century, globalization as a concept and working principle dominated the world at large and was widely used as a buzzword amongst the nations of the world. Across borders, politicians, policy makers, academics, researchers, students and intellectuals were intensely speaking, researching and interrogating about globalization and its impact on the global financial system, global economic order and the people and communities in particular. Although its usage in relative terms is by and large waning, globalization as a functional and conceptual category continues to dominate in some political and academic quarters and parts of the world. However, globalization in recent years continues to have profound influence on religion, which was not the case earlier. In today’s changing templates of political economy, religio-cultural and social landscape, globalization has assumed entirely a new meaning and format. The fissures and maneuvers of politics around the globe have diametrically and radically transformed the ways with which globalization used to be conceived, understood, analyzed and evaluated. The current parlance signifies a new variable and variance that stands between those who used to represent conservative and far-right ideologies and political parties and systems that pervades the socio-political, religio-cultural facets believe in the market-fundamentalism, free-market and freetrade arrangements. Emergent new variable negates the borderless and seamless globalization that implies that nation-states have borders and territorial demarcations and so crossing of labor across borders. It clearly shows a radical shift in their understanding and perspective. While on the other, those belonging to liberal political ideologies, left and far-left politics subscribing to state/governments’ intervention in economies and functioning of economics believe not in the fundamentals of market mechanisms and thus oppose globalization when it comes to its functioning in economy. They firmly believe that the states/governments have to intervene in the affairs of economy and regulate economics and should not be left to the fundamentals of the market. Hence, political terrains are candidly polarized on grounds that on the one hand protectionists and populists want to protect their laboring classes, economic growth, borders, strict monitoring of immigrants and migrants, trade and goods and services and by all means want to protect their economies and labor, industries and host of others for which they vociferously oppose globalization and say it is no more relevant. Globalists contend that freemarket economic order where
hile British were leaving our country, it opened up huge employment opportunities to independent India. The trend continued many a decade. But the sixth fiveyear plan (1980-85) marked the beginning of economic liberalisation and job scenario has been changed from monotonous task to technical know-how. Ironically India’s skills and education failed to live up with global human capital index. Europe dominates the global league table for skills and education. Only two representatives from Asia namely Japan and New Zealand can enter in top 10 places. Finland, Norway and Switzerland come top of the table. Skills and knowledge are the driving forces of economic growth and social development. India currently faces a severe shortage of well-trained, skilled workers. It is estimated that only 2.3 % of the workforce has undergone formal skill training as compared to 68% in UK, 75% in Germany, 52% in USA, 80% in Japan and 96% in South Korea. Large sections of the educated workforce have little or no job skills, making them largely unemployable. India must focus on scaling up skill training efforts to meet the demands of employers and drive economic growth. Also
trade, labor and capital should move across the borders and let the laws of economics be left to the free market and forces of the markets. They say that there should not be any more control of the movement of labor, capital and goods and services. But, we are witnessing is that the emergent variable is torn by those contesting ideologies pitched in diametrical opposition and are polar opposites. Those believe in closing their borders prohibits, entry of goods and services and justify their actions by saying that globalization did not benefit their economies, rather helped the immigrants, foreigners and migrants which in turn robbed the livelihood of the local populace. So by opening the trade walls has not in any ways helped the countries’ labor and economies, rather slowed down leading to rise in unemployment. Technological revolution and scientific innovation are the major aspects that accelerated the rhythm and contours of change and thus added more fillip to the current fiasco. Most advanced countries kept growing at alarming pace creating all sorts of economic asymmetries within and between of the two-third of countries of the world. We keep observing in particular majority of the highly industrialized, technologically advanced and digitalized countries, the political templates have drastically been changing to building of walls, sulking to aggressive nationalism, protectionist tendencies and arms twisting, bulldozing by withdrawing from international agreements and covenants. It has given rise to xenophobic tendencies. Far-right ideologies and political parties have taken over by whipping out the emotions of the people who by and large have taken pride and getting subsumed. For instance, the party at the Centre, a far-right Hindu nationalist party wants to achieve its dream of making India to $5trillion economy and to realize it is all out in wooing foreign investors to boost Indian economy as part of economic globalization. When it comes to politicalreligio-cultural fronts, it is entrenched on the philosophy that Hinduism ought to become the de facto religion of the secular Indian state—a strategy to make the country to a Hindu state(rashtra) based on Hindu culture and way of life which as part and process of globalization—globalization of religion and homogenization of culture. The new variable that we observe in recent times is that the forces of globalization are gradually transforming world religious movements and religions getting attuned to fundamentalist political ideologies that prevail in the nation-states. Further, in a number of cases we observe that religious leaders and organizations subscribing and show their allegiance to political parties and ultra-conservative ideologies. This is undoubtedly the new vari-
able which is gaining momentum within the contours of the whole gamut of globalization. As times pass by, religions have to move along with the changing times retaining its essential characteristics, features, principles, theologies and tenets. Is it possible and feasible? Therefore, religion keeps evolving and should be dynamic in order to survive sustain and thus be relevant to the changing times. In the midst of complex political and ideological configurations and permutations, nowadays religiosity has to the fore which is closely intertwined with superficiality, giving credence to outward performances and appearance of its adherents. This is what happening right across in all the religions. Take for instance, in India, Hindu religiosity is intensely webbed with feelings of national pride, traditions, civilization and culture and all these facets have been absorbed into it. It promotes the supremacy of the self and thus demotes the other as inferior or subordinate promoting binaries pitching infallibility of the belief system to which she/he subscribes. Globalization has pervaded and permeated into all the crucial aspects of religions and in the process the basic tenets and values being kept aside that reveal that religiosity seem to have taken over the core values of religion. Extreme conservatism has crept into almost all the religions that have led to all forms of religious aberrations invoking religious fundamentalism. If we go back to the world histories we have read that the role played by religions in different epochs of history such as crusades, conflicts, killing and devastations. Semitic religions and others such as Hindu and current format of Buddhism basically have the tendencies to globalize. Religions those that are dynamic have started to spread beyond its geographical boundaries from Indian to global. As against this background we need to analyze and evaluate religion. Let us turn again to history. Contours of civilizations over centuries keep changing from one epoch to another. In that, forces of globalization tend to influence by creating solid impetus on civilizations that impinges on the changing templates of religion. Religions in tune to the changing contexts keep changing assimilating certain features and formats and in the process jettisoning those traditions and customary habits that comes in the way. At the same time retention of the core values and principles adhered and not compromised. The classic example is what we have been experiencing in recent times in the country. The ways with which Hinduism is interpreted and used as means for political gains and ends of the current dispensation shows that the basic tenets of Hinduism is being tampered with, distorted and misinterpreted.
The politics of Hindutva is centered on “Hindu civilization”, its understanding of way of life, interpretations of history, culture, customs, usages and traditions. All these factors have infused “nationalistic pride” of being Hindus nationalistic fervor. Hinduism is thus interpreted and approached with grandeur evoking religio-civilizational consciousness coupled with emotive pseudo religious pride. All these keep pushing its adherents to religiosity that warrants public display. It is connected to religiosity leading to erroneous display in public with all sorts of political aberrations. The growing Hindu middle-class in particular is insulated with religiosity that ticks national pride and also gels with globalization adding (pan Indian identity) and this constituency is moving towards global identity. Further, globalization has pushed Hindu middle class segment with economic prosperity. Pseudo religiosity has added Hindu nationalistic fervor. Prosperous Hindus are gradually moving from the basic fundamental tenets of Hinduism to something which is ritualistic superficial forms of pseudo Hinduism. What we have been witnessing in recent times are fissures in the society that mirrors religiosity of the present— be it any religion. Adherents of religion are gradually moving from the basic foundational tenets of religion to religiosity (external artifacts and material conceptions). It is at this juncture, can we blame—religion or globalization? Both are intrinsically linked with each other in this phase of globalization. Religion keeps evolving in tune to the changing times. Similarly the contours of globalization have been constantly changing in the last hundreds of years and thus pervaded into the societal facets. In its project religion is also a part. The current phase of globalization religiosity with all its aberrations manifests in materialistic terms. Religiosity demands externals observances because rituals are part of and globalization translates for profit maximization. Hinduism like Christianity is now gradually getting globalized. For instance, for religious purposes even cow dung cakes are exported to the United States of America. Religion in a globalized world is gradually drifting away from its basic tenets and religiosity is commoditizing and marketizing God. To substantiate, take for instance any Christian or Hindu festivals or rituals or celebrations or whatever everything turns out to be in material formats and forms. Globalization is using religiosity as its tool to commoditize and marketize for profits. What is t be done? Should be get rid of religion? Or is it possible to do away or change the contours of globalization or just live with them till they gets waned? They continue to co-exist and complement each
National Education Policy for Skill India
UNICEF data has recently warned South Asian countries where India’s 54% of youth won’t have skills for 21st century jobs. They leave secondary school without getting skills needed for a decent job. One lakh of young South Asians enter the labour market every day. Unemployment at 8.45% is a barrier to India’s economic growth. Joblessness in Auto, Telecom and IT is all set to rise. Technology giant Infosys have to cut jobs and public sector BSNL is winding up. Will India start skilling its youth? The low quality of education and sub-optimal vocational training failed to give the desired skill levels for the market demands. The world of work is changing fast. Investing better and modern education could create better opportunities for young people to enter the job market. National Skill Development Mission was launched on 2015 on the occasion of World Youth Skill Day to create convergence across sectors and states in terms of skill training activities. All school students must have at least one vocational education in grade nine to 12. India has the potential to provide a skilled workforce to fill the expected shortfall in the ageing developed world. Each poor and underprivileged youth is a soldier in this war on poverty. They must be
well guided by the nation. The draft reports of NEP - National Education Policy 2019 headed by former ISRO chief K Kasturirangan have been submitted to HRD ministry for implementation by the next year. The aim of NEP is to equip students with the necessary skills and knowledge to eliminate the shortage of manpower in science, technology, academics and industry. Will this path breaking reform seek to address the challenges faced by the current education system? India’s GER – Gross Enrolment Ratio in higher education is pretty low (25%) in comparison with China 39%, USA 86% and Germany 65%. NEP 2019 aims to increase GER to 50% by 2035. The NEP highlights for early childhood care and education for all between the ages of 3 and 6. It wants integration of vocational and academic streams for all students. Curriculum framework has been designed for 5-3-3-4 type with reforms in school examination and high quality liberal education. India’s VET - Vocational Education Training has been caught in a time warp as large chunk of the students find themselves handicapped when they seek jobs. China has a law mandating nine years of compulsory education on VET covering 47% of vocational secondary educa-
tion whereas it’s a big black hole for India. This figure is just 3 per cent. Although IITs make a name globally for India, ITIs (Industrial Training Institutes) yet to make global recognition for producing quality skilled manpower. The result saw Chinese goods choking Indian industry and economy. Interestingly, Armed forces have fully equipped with skilled manpower for which they are trained themselves. They have best trained infantry to technician working for high end fighter aircraft. All these happen due to its precise training. India’s spending on research and innovation is not encouraging. It is just 0.7% of GDP with China 2.1, USA 2.8 and Israel 4.3. Also public investment in education is 2.7% in compare with USA 5%, UK 5.5% and Brazil 6%. We have just 15 researchers per lakh with China 111, USA 423, and Israel 825. Probably India still practices stagnant education where we stick with mid day meal, adult education and three language formula for national integration in 21st century. Getting a PG in medical is pinnacle of success for any graduate. But India’s doctor deprived for unavailability of seats. India has only 6 institutes mostly IITs among the top 500 in the world. Other Indian universities are lag-
other. They do have their historical antecedents, personal, communal and societal significance and carries lots of relevance as they permeated and thus pervaded into the lives and existence of majority of people in domains of existence. In such a paradoxical scenario BR Ambedkar pragmatically thought about when he too might have confronted with similar questions that Homo sapiens face and experience in their day-to-existence that “Some people think that religion is not essential to society. I do not hold this view. I consider the foundation of religion to be essential to life and practices of society.” BR Ambedkar and others who view positive side of religion say that religions per se unites and pursues peace and harmonious living, sharing love and happiness, treating everyone equally with dignity, dispensing justice and fairness, promoting humanity, igniting truth, endure temperance and humility. These are the salient features and basic fundamentals of all religions. As times go by adherents of religions moved away from these principles and ethical moorings. Credo of religions are gradually diminishing and thus ebbing out and its place has been filled by religiosity. Religiosity is converting the basic yearnings, hops and aspirations of the adherents into materiality. Spirituality of religions is now turned out to materiality of religiosity. Religiosity is at present the credo that thrives on: “Mammonizing the Divine and Divinizing the Mammon”. Religiosity is currently manifests in the forms of consumerism, materialism and thus infuses commodity fetishism. It captures humans’ yearnings for “prosperous life” “here and now” and promises to translate their hopes and aspirations. Therefore religiosity pitches its doctrine of “materiality” and grounds its matrix on exteriorities and artifices on material things. Pseudo spirituality and religiosity have penetrated in diverse ways that gives damn to values such as how to live and lead good life. Take professionals in any profession such as politics, religious priests, bureaucrats, CEOs of corporations, medical and education and others, barring just a few many have developed an attitude of care a damn to ethical dynamic of means and ends. Many view ends as an important realizable category in order to achieve and realize something that assures “good life” and so, go all out employing all sorts of means. Likewise the world we live is groaning due to the absence of ethical values and total bankruptcy of values in all societal segments. In each and every segment of human existence, organs of state, institutions of governance big and small is contaminated with corruption, hatred, money laundering, lynching, power abuse and greed. Dr. John Mohan Razu
ging behind global competitors and are being busy with conferring degrees. Engineers ended up their studies with a job in non engineering field. Agri graduates found no interest in agriculture. There are no takers for Veterinarians for animal husbandry. There are few entrepreneurs for capturing potential market. In history, we saw college droppers from Henry Ford to Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Jobs who made it big in business. The future of work won’t be about college degrees, it will be about job skills. Tech giants such as Apple, IBM and Google require no degree but offering well-paying jobs with non traditional education or even a diploma. India has more
than fifteen thousand ITIs but there are no jobs, no skills. What a sorry state from its demographic advantage. It requires revamping training programmes to yield dividends. Also there is a need to change the mindset of people regarding vocational training which is considered a last resort. We are obsessed with academic qualification. We are proud of IITs, IIMs and AIIMS for source of rich human capital and at the same time, we have a large number of degree holders that don’t equip with appropriate skills and abilities. That requires urgent attention. Without NEP, no changes are envisaged in the immediate future. Kamal Baruah, (email@example.com)
Lets spread love this Christmas
With barely a day or two left for the festive month of December to begin, I would like to encourage people spreading love and cheering this season. While it is nice to receive nice things, let us remember Christmas is a festival of giving. It is good to enjoy. But in doing so, let us also remember the less fortunate ones around us and something for them to bring smiles on their faces. Let us make this Christmas a blessed one. Mughato Chishi, Dimapur
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PM started eliminating terrorism: Shah NNC (PB) reiterates stand for Naga unity
in Jharkhand. Those who sought creation of Jharkhand and those who opposed it are together merely because of their lust for power,” Shah said. “I want to ask Hemant Ji (Soren), what will your answer be to the parents of hundreds of youth who sacrificed their lives for statehood? You are sitting in the laps of the same Congress for power whose governments fired upon these youths,” he told an election rally in Garhwa. Reaffirming the BJP and the Centre’s commit-
Patton inaugurates Doyang Bridge (From p-1) The deputy chief minister also expressed appreciation to the chief minister Neiphiu Rio for taking special initiative and highlighting the revised estimate to Union Minister for Road Transport and NH Nitin Gadkari without which the project would not have been completed. Meanwhile, Dr. Longriniken, advisor for NH, who also spoke at the programme, thanked the people of Tsungiki and Mukhami villagers for cooperation and efforts for the successful completion of the Bridge. Phukayi, adviser for F&CS, in his short speech said that Nagas were inter-dependent and stated that unity and con-
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sultations with one another were imperative for all round development. NPWD (NH) chief engineer, Er. K. Theunuo, presented technical report. The deputy chief minister was also accompanied by minister for higher and technical, tribal affairs, Temjen Imna Along; adviser CAWD and NSDMA; Rovilatuo Mor, commissioner and secretary (work & housing); Libanthung Lotha, secretary (work & housing); Er. Limadontang engineer-in-chief (NPWD); Er. Limanaro, chief engineer (R&B), DC Wokha, DC Zunheboto and SP Wokha besides several government officials from different departments.
(From p-1) NFHRCC also expressed the wish to have a sitting with Governor at earliest in order to project the clear picture of the “historic project” so the right prescription would be prescribed to the project through the intervention of Governor and Interlocutor of Indo-Naga peace talk. Meanwhile, the committee has urged upon the Doyang bridge contractor to resume the bridge construction immediately as working season has already set in. Stating that foothills road would not survive without Doyang Bridge, the NFHRCC has, therefore, appealed to the bridge contractor to complete the bridge construction within this working season. NFHRCC expressed surprise as to why all the major projects in the state were often delayed and sometime abandoned without completion. In this regard, the committee has appeal to all responsible including politicians, bureaucrats, technocrats and contractors “not to always focus for our advantages”.
JAF to launch phase-II stir from Dec 2
JAF stated that intense phase of agitation would be partially relaxed for the essential services like the prison and nurses who deal with human lives.
However, the forum stated that those affected would continue to show their resentment by wearing black badges on duties. JAF said that relaxation could be called off anytime if situation so demands in
3 army killed as ambulance collides with truck near Malout
due course of time. As regards, JAF has directed all its constituent associations to further direct all respective action committees to strictly monitor member’s activities and to report, take action as deem
fit on any erring members. Further, JAF has directed all constituent associations to stick together through thick and thin till the common goal was achieved for present and future generation.
political movement. NNC acting president Yilow chaired the programme, while the agenda and resolution was chaired by general secretary Vizosielhou Nagi. The meeting also witnessed open discussion where both young and old NNC members expressed their personal opinions on various issues, besides giving their suggestions on Naga unity. Both the NNC acting president and general secretary called upon all sections of Nagas to remain united. All region presidents participated in the general meeting, where Yimchun-
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ger women region spoke on Naga unity without differences. The general meeting was attended by representatives from Angami, Yimchunger, Sumi, Ao and Rengma regions, while those from Zeliang, Phom and Konyak regions were unable to attend due to travelling inconvenience even though they had sent their greetings. More than 200 NNC members attended the event. Earlier, a mass prayer for Naga peace and unity without division was also held. This was stated in a press release by Abenthung Kikon.
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WhatsApp didn’t inform about vulnerability in system: Prasad in Parl NEW DELHI, NOV 28 (PTI): Information Technology (IT) Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told Parliament on Thursday that a WhatsApp CEO-led delegation had not mentioned about any vulnerability of their system during their meetings with the ministry, and that the government was yet to receive the names of people targeted by unnamed entities using Pegasus spyware. Replying to a question in Rajya Sabha, Prasad said the government had issued notice to Israeli technology firm NSO Group, which created Pegasus, on November 26, seeking details about the malware and its impact. The minister also said digital players must erect appropriate security walls or be ready to face action. He was replying to a special mention by Congress MP Digvijay Singh on the use of the spyware against some Indians. “During the high level engagements like meeting of CEO Will Cathcart and
VP Policy Nick Clegg of WhatsApp that took place with the ministry on July 26, 2019 and September 11, 2019, no mention was made by the high level WhatsApp team regarding this vulnerability,” Prasad said in a statement. According to the minister, when reports about the breach came in media, CERT -IN (Computer Emergency Response Team) on September 9 sought submissions from WhatsApp, including a need to conduct an audit and inspection of WhatsApp security system and process. “The response from WhatsApp was received on November 18, 2019 and further clarification and technical details have been sought on November 26, 2019. “CERT-IN has also sent a notice to NSO Group on November 26, 2019 seel-
ing details about the malware and its impact on Indian users,” he said. Prasad also said that the government is committed to ensure safety and security of online platforms such as WhatsApp. He also said that the government is also working to strengthen the Information Technology (Intermediaries Guidelines) Rules 2011. The minister asserted India would never compromise its data security. Replying to concerns raised by some members, Prasad said the global business community is welcome to do business in India but they would also have to ac-
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The military ambulance after the accident near Malout. (Tribune)
D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Reiterating its stand for unity among Nagas, Naga National Council NNC (Parent Body) has called upon all groups to sit across the table and work out the best possible path for unity. At a general meeting held at Lotha Tribal Council Hall, Wokha on Thursday to discuss Naga political settlement, the organisation also resolved to stand for political solution of the Naga issue in the interest of the Nagas as one people and one homeland. The meeting also deliberated how NNC had started its journey and the struggle during the Naga
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M U K T S A R , N OV 2 8 (AGENCIES): Three army men died as a stray cattle came in front of their ambulance on the Abohar-Delhi highway near Malout on Wednesday night and as a result collided with a truck. The ambulance was ferrying a sick Army man and 4 others from Abohar to Army hospital in Bathinda when mishap took place around 10 pm, sources said. The deceased were identified as Subedar Jeetpal, Naib-Subedar Ajit Singh and Naik N Pandya. 2 Army men--driver DS Pal and rifleman Devinder--were injured and shifted to hospital. Malout Sadar police have started investigation after registering a case against the unidentified truck driver, who fled the spot after leaving the vehicle behind.
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Modiji (the prime minister), he rooted it out. “By scrapping Articles 370 and 35A, Modiji has set of the process of extirpating terrorism from the country,” he asserted. The BJP president, on the second leg of his campaign for the state assembly polls, asked voters to elect a government with an absolute majority as unstable dispensations were not in the state’s interest. “Hemant Soren (the JMM leader) and the Congress party have formed an opportunistic alliance
“For years, the people of the country wanted Ram temple in Ayodhya, but the Congress wanted the case to be delayed in court and created obstacles,” he alleged. He said, if voted to power, the BJP government will ensure piped water supply for every household in the state by 2024. Shah alleged there was large-scale corruption in Jharkhand when the state was ruled by non-BJP parties. Raghubar Das, whose government will be the first to complete its five-year term in Jharkhand’s history, gave a clean administration, the BJP chief said, adding there was not a single charge of corruption against it. He also listed out development schemes launched by the Centre and the state in Jharkhand. Attacking the previous Congress government headed by Manmohan Singh, Shah said, it remained “mute” when terrorists triggered blasts, and lauded the Modi government for targeting terror camps in Pakistan after Uri and Pulwama attacks.
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ment to the development of Jharkhand, Shah said while the Congress-led UPA government gave the tribal state only Rs 55,253 crore under the 13th Finance Commission, the BJP-headed NDA dispensation allotted it Rs 3.08 lakh crore between 2014 and 2019. Making a strong pitch for electing a government with an absolute majority, Shah said, development got impeded under unstable dispensations. “Independents used to become chief ministers and sent crores of rupees to Delhi. Jharkhand never saw development under unstable governments,” he said, apparently referring to Madhu Koda, who helmed the state for some time and got embroiled in financial scandals. Lauding the current BJP government for tackling the Naxal menance, Shah said “Wherever there is peace, there is development. It comes through the ballot and not bullet.” The BJP chief also raked up the Ram Janmabhoomi-Babri Masjid issue and blamed the Congress for allowing it to fester.
C H AT R A / G A R H WA (JHARKHAND), NOV 28 (PTI): Prime Minister Narendra Modi has set off the process of extirpating terrorism from the country by scrapping Articles 370 and 35A that gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, BJP president Amit Shah said on Thursday. Addressing poll rallies at Chatra and Garhwa in Jharkhand, he also attacked the Congress-JMM alliance, saying those who sought a separate Jharkhand state and those who opposed it have come together for the assembly polls as part of an “opportunistic” coalition. He targeted the Congress party over alleged delay in resolving the Kashmir problem and the vexed Ayodhya dispute for “vote bank politics”. Shah, the Union Home Minister, also credited the BJP government led by Raghubar Das for uprooting Naxalism, asserting the menace has been buried “20 feet under the earth”. “The Congress had not touched Articles 370 and 35A for the sake of vote bank politics. When you gave more than 300 seats to
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employee cost in BSNL was 75.06 per cent while that in MTNL was 87.15 per cent, against 2.95 per cent for Airtel, 5.59 per cent for Vodafone and 4.27 per cent for Jio and the government has come out with an attractive VRS package. On whether the government will pay dues of contractual employees in BSNL/MTNL, the minister said “as far as contract employees are concerned, they are employees of the contractor and the obligation to pay salaries is that of the contractor.” To a question on the Ministry pruning 30 per cent of contract staff in BSNL to address financial problems, Prasad said Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited (BSNL) outsources specific works to contractors who engage contract workers for the said works.
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to revive them,” he told the Rajya Sabha. “We want to revive them and make them professional,” he said. “Till date, 79,000 people have applied for VRS in BSNL and 14,000 out of total 20,000 employees in MTNL have applied for VRS. We will ensure that they get the best VRS package,” he said. Replying to supplementaries the minister said the Cabinet in its meeting on October 23, 2019 approved the revival plan for BSNL which includes measures to reduce the staff cost by offering Voluntary Retirement Scheme (VRS) to employees of age 50 years and above. “Accordingly, BSNL has launched ‘BSNL Voluntary Retirement Scheme2019’ on November 4, 2019 which is open till December 3, 2019,” he said in his written reply. Prasad said the
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New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI): Efforts are on to revive the public sector BSNL and MTNL and make them professional, the government informed Rajya Sabha on Thursday while noting that the VRS scheme for existing employees is receiving an encouraging response. Communications minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a total of 79,000 employees of BSNL and 14,000 out of 20,000 employees of MTNL have applied for the VRS scheme which the government has come out with to reduce the employee cost in these PSUs which is currently very high as compared to the industry. “BSNL and MTNL are the strategic assets for the country and in case of earthquake, cyclone or defence purposes they come forward proactively to help citizens. Therefore, we have decided
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Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI): The rupee snapped its twoday winning streak to finish 27 paise lower at 71.62 against the US dollar on Thursday, as month-end dollar demand from importers ahead of the GDP number weighed on the domestic currency. Forex traders said, the domestic unit was trading in a narrow range as investors are awaiting clarity on the US-China trade deal front. At the interbank foreign exchange market, the local currency opened on a positive note at 71.33 but lost ground during the day to touch a low of 71.67. It finally settled at 71.62, lower by 27 paise against its previous close. On Wednesday, the domestic unit had closed at 71.35 against the US dollar.
to higher gold prices in festival season,” HDFC Securities Senior Analyst (Commodities) Tapan Patel said. In the global market, gold and silver were trading with marginal gains at USD 1,457 per ounce and USD 17 an ounce, respectively.
ty closed at a fresh life-time high of 12,151.15, up by 50.45 points or 0.42 per cent over the previous close. Reliance Industries (RIL) became the first Indian company to settle above the Rs 10 lakh crore market valuation mark, ending 0.65 per cent higher. Vinod Nair, Head of Research at Geojit Financial Services, said, “Market stayed positive despite expiry led volatility & the announcement of GDP data tomorrow as investors got a sense that increasing global liquidity will provide support in every consolida-
inflows in the cash segment have totalled USD 2 billion, while FII positioning in index futures has turned to net long after a gap of six months. Moreover, FII stock futures positions are also expected to have the highest-ever monthending net long position. This points to a strong external flow environment, and historically, such instances have led to followon strength in the market in December as well,” S Hariharan - Head - Sales Trading, Emkay Global Financial Services. Broader BSE midcap and smallcap indices rose up to 0.97 per cent. BSE telecom, metal, realty, teck and capital goods indices rose up to 3.49 per cent. BSE auto index ended in the red. Asian markets closed with losses after China said it was ready to take “firm countermeasures” against the United States after President Donald Trump signed a law supporting pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong, putting a dampener on hopes of an early trade truce over tariffs. Stocks in Europe were trading on a negative note.
it said. Silver prices also declined by Rs 91 to Rs 45,293 per kg from Wednesday’s close of Rs 45,384 per kg. “Spot gold for 24 karat in Delhi was trading marginally down by Rs 3 in the absence of spot demand. The physical gold demand remained subdued due
Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI): Benchmark stock indices extended their recordbreaking run for the second day on Thursday, propped up by gains in index heavyweights ICICI Bank and Reliance Industries, which became the first Indian firm to breach the Rs 10lakh crore market valuation mark. The 30-share Sensex rose to an all-time high (intra-day) of 41,163.79 before setting up by 109.56 points or 0.27 per cent at 41,130.17 -- its record closing high. The broader NSE Nif-
tion.” The government’s efforts to maintain fiscal pr udence and stimulus measures may help to extend the breadth of the rally, he added. IndusInd Bank was the top gainer in the Sensex pack, rising 2.68 per cent. ICICI Bank closed with gains 2.68 per cent amid reports that the lender may file a plea with market regulator Sebi to settle charges of violation of listing disclosure norms involving former CEO and MD Chanda Kochhar and Videocon group. Also, the lender announced the sale of its 7.8 per cent stake in Shree Benzophen Industries for around Rs 9,00,000. Yes Bank, Tata Steel, SBI, TCS, L&T and Infosys also advanced. On the other hand, Hero MotoCorp, HDFC twins, Bajaj Auto, Tata Motors and Maruti settled with losses. Sustained inflow of foreign investment and short-covering amid the expiry of November derivatives contracts also contributed to the rally, traders said. “For the month of November so far, foreign
New Delhi, Nov 28 (PTI): Gold on Thursday went down marginally by Rs 3 to Rs 38,535 per 10 gram in the national capital on absence of demand, according to HDFC Securities. In the previous trade, the yellow metal had closed at Rs 38,538 per 10 gram,
RIL breaches Rs 10 lakh crore M-cap mark
Gold remains almost flat; silver falls
Sensex continue record breaking run
Nagaland Post, Dimapur FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
business Rupee snaps 2-day winning streak
Hong Kong, Nov 28 (IANS): The Chinese government on Thursday threatened the United States after its President Donald Trump signed two bills into law supporting Hong Kongs pro-democracy protesters. Trump in a statement said he had signed the bills the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019 and one against crowd control munition exports to the territory out of “respect” to Chinese President Xi Jinping and the people of Hong Kong, Efe news reported. China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs in a statement Thursday responded by reminding “the US that Hong Kong is part of China and Hong Kong affairs are China’s internal affairs where no foreign government or force shall interfere. This Act will only further expose the malicious and hegemonic nature of US intentions to the Chinese people, including our Hong Kong compatriots.” “We urge the US to not continue going down the wrong path, or China will take countermeasures, and the US must bear all consequences,” it added. Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Le Yucheng also summoned US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad “to lodge stern representations and strong protest” to the passing of the Act. The two countries are
still immersed in negotiations to end their trade war, which could be affected by the bills, however the statement does not specify the countermeasures it intends to apply. The Hong Kong government also expressed its “strong opposition” to the new laws, saying in a statement that they “contravene in Hong Kong’s internal affairs” and would harm relations with the US. “The two acts are unreasonable. Although human rights and democracy are mentioned in the title of the Act, some of the provisions in the Act are actually about export control and enforcement of the sanctions imposed by the United Nations in Hong Kong, which are totally unrelated to human rights and democracy in Hong Kong,” a government spokesman said. The Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act 2019, passed last week by the US Senate, requires the US State De-
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY
OF OUR BELOVED LT. YANASAO EZUNG
(29th Nov 2018) He was a man of truth. He never boast about anything. He was quiet and working for the ones he loved. He stood as a foundation in our lives, in stress and strife. An earthly man that we cherish now and forever. It’s been one year since you left us, but you are always remembered dearly. Loving wife, children & relatives. WC-434
partment to conduct a review at least annually as to whether Hong Kong retains enough autonomy from mainland China to qualify for special trade considerations, and threatens sanctions against officials responsible for human rights violations. Following the approval by the Senate last week, the Chinese government threatened that “China will take strong opposing measures and the US has to bear all the consequences” if it was passed into law. Beijing also reportedly summoned a senior US diplomat over the move. The second bill signed into law Wednesday prohibits US exports of specified police equipment such as teargas, pepper spray, rubber bullets and stun guns to Hong Kong. “They are being enacted in the hope that Leaders and Representatives of China and Hong Kong will be able to amicably settle their differences leading to long term peace and prosperity for all,” Trump said. At the weekend, the pro-democracy movement in Hong Kong swept the local elections, winning 388 of the total 452 district council seats up for grabs. The side aligned with Beijing suffered a crushing defeat with only 59 councilors, compared to the almost 300 it had, while independents won five seats in the elections which saw a record 71.2% turnout.
Seoul, Nov 28 (IANS): South Korea’s top court on Thursday ordered a retrial for former president Park Geun-hye for illegally accepting state funds after a lower court acquitted her of bribery and embezzlement. In a separate trial to the famous “Korean Rasputin” corruption case, Park, the country’s first female president, was sentenced in July 2018 to six years in prison for illegally taking money from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), Efe news reported. The Supreme Court has now ordered the Seoul High Court to retry the case after an appeals court reduced her sentence from six to five years in prison by acquitting her of part of the state fund loss charge and applying a charge of embezzlement instead, the top court said in a statement. The Supreme Court said the lower courts’ decisions to acquit Park of state fund loss and bribery charges were wrong as legal principles had been misunderstood and that she should be seen as guilty. Park, 67, was indicted in January 2018 on charges of accepting around 3.5 billion won (about $3 million) from three NIS spy agency chiefs. By then, the former president was already on trial for the Rasputin (Park’s confidante Choi Soon-sil) case, on account of which she was removed from office in March 2017 and subsequently sentenced to 25 years in prison. However, this summer, the Supreme Court
ordered a retrial of that case too, due to a series of technicalities. As the two prison sentences apply consecutively, Park could be nearly 100 by the time she is set to be released. The corruption scandals involving Park and also implicating prominent businessmen such as Samsung’s de facto leader Lee Jae-yong sparked mass protests in South Korea between 2016 and 2017 and shook the foundations of the political and economic order of the Asian country. Conser vative Park has been in custody since March 2017 and is the first democratically elected South Korean head of state to have been impeached. Her dismissal led to early elections, which the liberal Moon-Jae-in won. Choi was the alleged mastermind of the scandal that rocked South Korea and was sentenced to 20 years in prison in February 2018 and ordered to pay a multi-million-dollar fine.
13 killed, 70 hurt in fresh wave of protests in Iraq
Security forces opened fire and used tear gas to clear two bridges blocked by protesters.
Baghdad, Nov 28 (IANS): As many as 13 people were killed and 70 others injured in firing in Iraq amid a fresh wave of protests in the southern city of Nasiriya on Thursday. Security forces opened fire and used tear gas to clear two bridges blocked by protesters. The agitating Iraqis have been demanding more jobs, end to corruption and better public services. The Iraqi military an-
nounced setting up of military “crisis cells” to quell unrest and restore order. “On the orders of the commander in chief of the armed forces Prime Minister Adel Abdel Mahdi, some military commanders have been appointed to this unit to direct and control security and military forces and assist the governors in their mission,” it said in a statement. Sources told the BBC, demonstrators in Nasiriya
were now “in control” of the situation in the city and were “chasing the police in the streets and alleys.” Anti-government protests are directed mainly against the political leaders. But many of those taking part in protests also expressed anger at Iran’s growing influence in Iraq’s internal affairs, which has been steadily rising since the US-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein in 2003.
1st DEATH ANNIVERSARY
Late TAKONUNGBA PONGEN (Longsa)
Died on 29.11.2018 We remember you everyday as if you are in our midst everyday, every moment. Loving wife, children, in-laws and grandchildren
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY
OF OUR BELOVED MOTHER LT. ZENEIZONUO SOLO 29-11-2018
China threatens US over HK legislation
S Korea’s top court orders retrial for ex-president Park
Nagaland Post, Dimapur FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2019
Mom The special years will not return When we are all together But with the love in our hearts You walk with us forever. Your loving family members K-3251
BORN 1917 – DIED 17.11.2019 The family of Late Yiremo Ovung, the oldest man of Phiro village, sincerely wishes to acknowledge each and every individual for your support and the many gestures of kindness shown to us following our sad loss. Your prayers and support has been a source of great comfort to us during this difficult time. Though we are unable to thank everyone individually, we pray that our Almighty God bless each of you abundantly. -Loving Family Members K-3256
Born : 07.11.1967 – Died : 15.11.2019 We, the bereaved family members of Late Wonimo Tsanglao express our heartfelt gratitude to all who stood by us through physically, financially, morally & spiritually during the prolonged illness and demise. We convey our special thanks to : 1. Principal and Staff of Unity College 2. Doctors & Nurses of Fellowship Nursing Home 3. Dimapur Lotha Baptist Church 4. Chumukedima Lotha Baptist Church 5. Duncan Youth 6. Neighbours and Friends. We deeply regret our inability to thank each and every one personally. However, it is our humble prayer that our Almighty God bless you all abundantly. Loving Son, Daughter and Family Members. DP-8755
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised”. – Job 1:21
10th May 1929 – 25th November 2019 “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; Blessed be the name of the LORD” Job 1:21 In memory of Mrs. Prakasam, The family of Late Mrs. Prakasam wishes to express our deep heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to those who have supported through prayers, physically, financially and by messages of comfort in our bereavement. We especially wish to thank : 1. Bethesda Assembly of God Church Believers 2. Assemblies of God East India Leaders and Pastors 3. Assemblies of God Churches, Dimapur 4. Walford Area Council 5. Central Colony, Walford 6. Walford Area Pastors Fellowship 7. Walford Area Youth 8. Bethesda Higher Secondary School Staff, Students & Alumni 9. All Nagaland Private School Association 10.Haggai Institute Alumni, Dimapur 11. Christian Forum Dimapur 12.Well Wishers and Friends We regret our inability to thank each one of you individually, yet, our sincere prayer goes to all. May Almighty God bless you all abundantly. DP-8731
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Children, In-Laws, Grandchildren and Family
Through this column, we the bereaved family members of Late Isak Koza, convey our heartfelt gratitude to every individuals, relatives, friends, churches, organizations and well-wishers; who stood by us physically, financially, materially and through prayer during the illness and at the time of his going home on 20th November 2019. We convey our special thanks to :1. Mr. & Mrs. Neiba Kronu, Minister, Planning & Co-ord. & Land Rev. N/L Born on 05.05.1965 2. Mr. Pele Khiezhie, President, Died on 20.11.2019 NCSU. 3. Mr. L. Metha, 1st Class Contractor. 4. Mr. Kevekha Kevin Zehol, Secretary, NPSC. 5. Mr. N.Neilo Koza, 1st Class Contractor. 6. Mr. Adielo Losou, Pfutsero Town. 7. Doctors, Nurses & Staff of ICU, Naga Hospital, Kohima. 8. Doctors, Nurses & Staff, Civil Hospital, Pfutsero . 9. Doctor & Staff, PHC, Porba. 10. Chief Medical Officer, Phek. 11. Primary Health Centre, Khezhakeno. 12. Khezhakeno Christian Revival Church (Upper). 13. Christian Revival Church, Pfutsero Town. 14. Baptist Church, Porba. 15. Pfutsero Town Baptist Church. 16. Khezhakeno Welfare Society, Kohima. 17. Khezhakeno People’s Union, Pfutsero. 18. Khezhakeno Women Society, Pfutsero. 19. Chairman & Members, Seed Farm Colony, Pfutsero. 20. Khezha/Kuzha Tephe Women Welfare Society, Pfutsero. 21. Union Christian School Pfutsero 22. Govt. Hr. Sec. School Pfutsero We deeply regret and apologize for our inability to mention each and every individual, but it is our humble prayers that our Almighty God bless you all abundantly. Loving wife, children & family members. K-3249 K Y M C
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Lewis Capaldi named hardest working artist First International Kids Film Fest in Wokha on Nov 30 D L ewis Capaldi has been named the hardest working artist in music, according to a new study. Research conducted by the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance (ICMP) revealed which of the world’s musicians work the hardest based on a number of different factors. Taking Billboard’s top 100 artists from 2018 and 2019, the ICMP analysed the number of domestic shows, number of international shows, the total number of shows and number of countries played to reveal which artists had worked the hardest this year. Lewis Capaldi came out on top having completed 195 total shows across 23 countries; 68 of them domestic and 127 of them international. The Scottish singer/ songwriter has enjoyed enormous success throughout 2019 – most recently bagging his first number one single in the US with ‘Someone You Loved’.
ish‘s brother and frequent collaborator Finneas has teased that the singer’s second album will see her heading in an “experimental” new direction. The producer, real name Finneas O’Connor, explained that the followup to 2019’s ‘When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?‘ will allow the singer to “evolve” her sound. (NME)
ICE Foundation and Team Metamorphosis, a non- profit organization in association with Bedi Pachao & Bedi Padhao under Wokha district administration is all set to host the first-ever International Kids Film Festival (IKFF) in Wokha, in collaboration with LXL, an education consultant based in Bangalore on November 30 at Town Hall, Wokha.
The International Kids Film Festival, conceived by LXL Ideas, is the world’s largest children’s film festival that aims to bring inspiring, meaningful and globally diverse cinema to school students across the world. The Festival will allow kids to experience the magic of cinema where thousands of schools across multiple countries will be able to
simultaneously host IKFF from November- December 2019. The organisers have been looking forward to hosting the school at the greatest children’s film festival. For more details and queries on the Film Festival, one may contact the organizing committee at 9206108727, 9863342084 or 9774303927.
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Right behind him, Billie Eilish came in second on the list with 184 shows played across 23 countries. Last week, Capaldi has shared a new track
called ‘Before You Go’, which hears him reflect on his whirlwind year with what he’s called his “most personal” offering to date. Meanwhile, Billie Eil-
1. Lewis Capaldi – 195 shows 2. Billie Eilish – 184 shows 3. P!nk – 167 shows 4. Ed Sheeran – 156 shows 5. Elton John – 150 shows 6. Killswitch Engage – 148 shows 7. Dua Lipa – 137 shows 8. Khalid – 136 shows 9. Shawn Mendes – 134 shows 10. Portugal. The Man – 132 shows K-3244
Rockers UDX help mark 2nd St John College Festival
t. John College, Dimapur celebrated its second College Festival under the motto “Earn While You Learn” which was marked by a stunning performance from the renowned band UDX on November 23. Under this initiative, students were encouraged to practice their own entrepreneurial skills, setting up stalls selling ethnic food and various fairground games which entertained the students and visitors. It was aimed allowing the students gain an understanding of the basic principles of operating a small business as they developed their own ideas, purchased stock, set pricing,
and sold their products. A stall was also taken up by a team from Civil Hospital Dimapur led by Dr. Temsu who conducted blood group tests free of cost. A total of 62 students identified their blood group on the day. In the evening, a cultural programme was conducted which included several performances by student musicians, dancers, and stand up comedians. The programme was ‘headlined’ by local band UDX, who were runners-up at the Hornbill International Rock Contest 2018. The programme was also attended by students from other colleges.
Winners of 2nd Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature announced
he Kohima Educational Trust (UK) and Kohima Educational Society (Nagaland) have announced the winners of the 2nd Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature (GGPNL). A cash prize of Rs 10,0000/- and a certificate will be presented to each of the winners at the inaugural function of the Hornbill Festival on December 1, 2019, at Kisama Naga Heritage Village. At a meeting of the state committee for the commemoration of the year-long 75th anniversary of the Battle of Kohima, it was decided that the 2nd Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature should be awarded on December 1, coinciding with Nagaland Statehood Day and the launch of the Hornbill Festival at Kisama as part of the official state function. For the 2019 Gordon Graham Prize for Naga Literature, a list of five books by Naga authors was shortlisted. These books included the works by Sentilong Imsong (“Campus Blues”), Neikehienuo Mepfhü-o (“My Mother’s Daughter”) and Temsula Ao (“Aosenla’s Story”) in the Fiction category. In the Non Fiction category, the works were by Abraham Lotha (“The Hornbill Spirit: Nagas Living their Nationalism”) and by Easterine Kire (“Walking the Roadless Road: Exploring the Tribes of Nagaland”). These shortlisted works were given to three independent judges – one judge from Nagaland and two from outside, one from Manipur and the editor-in-chief of The Fair Observer, USA, to make the final selections. As stated in the announcement, all the final judges, well known authors, writers and intellectuals, were from outside the KET/KES fraternity. The final independent judges have unanimously selected the following winners for 2019: Fiction: “My Mother’s Daughter” by Neikehienuo Mepfhü-o (Heritage Publishing House, Dimapur) Non-Fiction: “The Hornbill Spirit: Nagas Living Their Nationalism” by Abraham Lotha (Heritage Publishing House, Dimapur) The Prize was instituted in order to recognize and reward the Knowledge-keepers and Idea-givers in Naga Society and to encourage and promote reading and writing within the Naga community. It is intended to give visibility to rational discourse in society and to help bring the thinking elements in Naga society to play a more effective role in the larger life of the community and society. K Y M C
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Chennaiyin FC held 2-2 by Odisha FC in ISL
C h e nna i , N ov 2 8 (Agencies): A secondhalf goal-fest saw Chennaiyin being held by Odisha FC (2-2) on Thursday at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai. A Xisco Hernandes strike (54’) was sandwiched between Nerijus Valskis (51’, 71’) brace as Chennaiyin looked set to pick up their second win on the trot. However, Aridane Santana struck in the 82nd minute to help Odisha pick up a point. John Gregory did not tinker with the winning combination that edged Hyderabad FC 2-1 at the same venue three days ago. Xisco Hernandez and Vinit Rai made the starting lineup for Odisha after sitting out against ATK. T h e v i s i t o r s we r e dominant in the opening minutes, with Xisco shining in his number 10 role. But some inspiring work between the sticks from Vishal Kaith ensured the
to the Lithuanian who was unmarked. Odisha replied through Xisco just three minutes later. Nandha Kumar floated a ball to the far-post and Jerry Mawihmingthanga did well to control it and driect the ball towards Xisco who was lurking in the centre of the box. The Spaniard fired it in to make it 1-1. Valskis completed his brace in the 71st minute when he soared above everyone else to head home Dragos Firtulescu’s delivery
Players of Chennaiyin FC and Odisha FC fight for the ball during their ISL match at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in Chennai on Thursday.
Spaniard did not have any impact on the first half of game, statistically. One of the best chances of the first half arrived in the 18th minute when Xisco delivered a tasty cross into the six-yard box. Lack of communication between Odisha centre-backs Carlos Delgado and Diawandou
Diagne saw Chennaiyin getting a sight at goal. The hosts struggled to test Arshdeep Singh at the other end and their best chance arrived through an Edwin Vanspaul volley off Diagne’s failed clearance that whizzed above the cross-bar. Contrary to how the
first half panned out, both teams started the second half with conviction and promised an exciting second-half. Valskis opened the scoring with a simple finish following a textbook team move that saw Rafael Crivellaro, Anirudh Thapa and Thoi Singh combine before the latter cut it back
Syed Modi Intl: Srikanth, Sourabh in QFs
Lucknow, Nov 28 (PTI): Former champion Kidambi Srikanth and Sourabh Verma advanced to the quarterfinals but young Lakshya Sen bowed out of the men’s singles contest at the Syed Modi International Badminton tournament here on Thursday. Third seed Srikanth, who had lifted the title in 2016, eked out a thrilling 18-21 22-20 21-16 win over compatriot Parupalli Kashyap, who is also a former two-time champion here. The world no 12 Indian will next square off against seventh seed Son Wan Ho of Korea in the Super 300 tournament. Sourabh, a winner at two Super 100 events in Hyderabad and Vietnam,
defeated fellow Indian Alap Mishra 21-11 21-18 to set up a clash with Thailand’s Kunlavut Vitidsarn, who accounted for World Championships bronze medallist B Sai Praneeth 21-1121-17 in another round two match. Lakshya, 18, who has been on a roll with title wins at Belgian International, Dutch Open, SaarLorLux Open and Scottish Open last week, couldn’t produce his best and went down to the experienced Son Wan Ho, a former world no 1. Ajay Jayaram was also ousted from the tournament after his gallant fight ended with a heart-breaking 18-21 21-14 28-30 loss to China’s Zhao Jun Peng. It was also curtains for 19-year-old Siril Verma, a
silver medalist at the 2015 World Junior Championships. He lost 9-21 22-24 to Heo Kwang Hee of Korea. Women’s doubles pair of Ashwini Ponnappa and N Sikki Reddy retired after they were lagging 0-2 in the opening game against English pair of Chloe Birch and Lauren Smith. Young women’s pair of Simran Singhi and Ritika Thaker entered the quarterfinals after beating compatriots Riya Mookerjee and Anura Prabhudesai 21-12 21-15 in 33 minutes. Simran and Ritika, who won the Senior InterDistrict State Open Championships in Latur and the All India Junior (U-19) Ranking in Tamil Nadu, will face Germany’s Linda Efler and Isabel Herttrich
next. Ku h o o G a r g a n d Anoushka Parikh beat another Indian pair of Sheshadri Sanyal and Lavanya Sharma 21-13 21-6 to set up a meeting with Hong Kong’s NG Wing Yung and Yeung Nga Ting. Among other Indians in fray, Kapil Chaudhary and Akshay Kadam, Maneesha K and Rutaparna Panda faltered in the second round to bow out of the competition.
ISL Table 2019-20 Club P W D ATK 5 3 1 Jamshedpur FC 5 3 1 Bengaluru FC 5 2 3 NE United FC 5 2 3 FC Goa 5 2 2 Odisha FC 5 1 2 Mumbai City FC 5 1 2 Kerala Blasters FC 5 1 1 Chennaiyin FC 5 1 1 Hyderabad FC 5 1 0
L 1 1 0 0 1 2 2 3 3 4
GD 7 2 4 2 4 0 -3 -2 -6 -8
Pts 10 10 9 9 8 5 5 4 4 3
Man City owners to buy 65% stake in Mumbai City FC Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI): English Premier League champions Manchester City’s parent company City Football Group on Thursday bought a majority 65 percent stake in Indian Super League franchise Mumbai City FC. This was announced at a press conference by Nita Ambani, the founder and chairperson of Football Sports Development Limited (FSDL) and Reliance Foundation. “Today we welcome a global football powerhouse to India, to Indian Super League and Indian football. I am delighted and proud to announce that the City Football Group has acquired a majority stake in Mumbai City FC,” said Ambani. “For the first time ever, an European club will be acquiring majority
stake in an Indian club,” added Ambani. CFG will become the 65 per cent majority stakeholder of the club, alongside existing shareholders, actor Ranbir Kapoor and Bimal Parekh, who will keep the remaining 35 per cent. The Premier League club also tweeted that CFG was delighted to welcome the Indian club to its “family of clubs”. “City Football Group (CFG) has agreed a deal to acquire a majority stake in its eighth club, Mumbai City FC in the Indian Super League, marking a major move into Indian football,” the group said in a statement. Other clubs in the CFG stable include New York City, Melbourne City, Yokohama F. Marinos in Japan and Girona FC in Spain.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENT "THE LORD GAVE AND THE LORD HAS TAKEN AWAY: MAY THE NAME OF THE LORD BE PRAISED." JOB 1:21
Late MOATONG CHANGKIRI Born : 25.06.1989 – Died : 25.11.2019
We the bereaved family members of Lt. MOATONG CHANGKIRI would like to express our profound gratitude to every individual, friends, relatives who stood by us physically, financially, morally and spiritually at the sudden demise of our beloved son. It is our humble prayer that the Almighty God bless you all abundantly. We convey our special thanks to : 1. Changki Baptist Arogo 2. Changki Yimlang Baptist Arogo 3. DABA Dimapur 4. Changki Union Dimapur 5. Signal/Naga Gaon Youth & Friends DP-8732
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from the corner. With just eight minutes left on the corner, the marksman at the other end marked his name on the score-sheet with an incredible finish from the edge of the box. Martin Guedes cushioned the ball for Aridane, who took it on the half-volley to get past Vishal Kaith and make it 2-2. An entertaining second half made up for a pallid first and a draw was a fair result in the tight contest.
Loving parents & family members
11 Immanuel College annual sports meet underway D i m a p u r , N ov 2 8 (NPN): The 26th annual sports meet of Immanuel College, Dimapur got underway on Thursday under the theme, “Unity through Sports at the state academic stadium ground with Dr. Andrew Ahoto, chairman, Livingstone Foundation International as the special guest. Addressing the gathering, the special guest highlighted the importance of being active by making
sports an integral part of life. He urged the students to be always ready to face challenges through determination and hard work. “In life, even if we fail to be a torch bearer, we should never be discouraged and rather carry a mirror to reflect back the light,” said Ahoto. He further encouraged the students to use their time judiciously, to lead a disciplined life, being obedient and respectful towards others.
Office bearers of the newly formed Nagaland Shooting Sports Association (NSSA) in Kohima.
1ST DEATH ANNIVERSARY LATE NUNGSANGZÜLU
“For to me, to live is Christ and die is gain.” Philippians 1:21
BORN ON : 06-07-1946 – DIED ON : 29-11-2018
It has been a year on this day a light quickly gone since you left us for your heavenly abode. But you are still remembered in our hearts every single day. We will hold you in our hearts until we can hold you in heaven. DP-8752
Loving Wife, Daughter & Relatives.
The ICFAI University Nagaland would like to express its heartfelt appreciation and gratitude to all those who stood by us at the sudden illness and demise of our beloved Late Prof. Dr. Charles P. Alexander, the Vice-Chancellor, ICFAI University, Nagaland on 21st November 2019. Your physical presence, your prayers and moral support all through his brief illness till his final departure, and even beyond is much appreciated. We would like to let you all know that your words of encouragement, prayers and well wishes give us hope and strength in this time of loss and grief. We would like to convey our gratitude to the following: 1. The Hon’ble Governor of Nagaland, Shri R.N. Ravi 2. Shri P.B. Acharya, Former Governor of Nagaland 3. The ICFAI Sponsor Society, Hyderabad 4. Shri. Deo Nukhu, Former Member of Legislative Assembly, Nagaland 5. Commissioner and Secretary, Higher and Technical Education, Nagaland 6. Director and Staff, Department of Higher Education, Nagaland 7. The Vice-Chancellor, North East Christian University 8. The Vice-Chancellor, Global Open University, Nagaland 9. St. Joseph’s University, Nagaland 10. Hope Institute of Theology, Sovima 11. ICAR, Medziphema 12. Homeopathy Association of Nagaland 13. Mr. Leonard Aier, Principal, City Law College 14. Alumni, ICFAI University Nagaland 15. Principal and Staff, Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) 16. Alumni, Patkai Christian College (Autonomous) 17. Kerala Samajam, Dimapur 18. Fr. Dr. P. S. Varghese, Principal of MGM College, Dimapur 19. Vicar of MGOS Church, Dimapur 20. Sovima Village Council 21. Sovima Village Youth 22. Friends of Late Dr. C P Alexander 23. CIHSR Team We regret our inability to acknowledge each and every one, but it is our prayer that God bless each one of you abundantly.
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Chelsea held by Valencia in CL thriller
VALENCIA, Nov 28 (Agencies): A freak goal from Valencia’s Daniel Wass earned the Spanish side a 2-2 draw in an epic encounter against England’s Chelsea on Wednesday that left both sides waiting to book their place in the Champions League’s knockout stage. Valencia, who missed a glut of chances, had taken the lead through Carlos Soler but goals from Mateo Kovacic and Christian Pulisic flipped the match on its head. The Spaniards missed a penalty through Dani Parejo, but drew level late on when Wass netted a remarkable effort, shaping to centre before finding the net with a finish across goal. The draw means both sides are on eight points after five games but Valencia have a better head-to-head record and so are second in Group H, with Chelsea in third. Ajax Amsterdam sit top on 10 points after winning 2-0 at Lille, who are bottom with one. Valencia visit last season’s semi-finalists Ajax in their final group game and will have to win there to ensure they qualify, while Chelsea will book their
goal from Danish midfielder Wass, who looked set to cross from the right wing but instead flummoxed Arrizabalaga by firing a shot across goal which bounced off the far post and into the net. Valencia should have won the game in added time but Rodrigo failed to connect properly with a cross from close range, while Chelsea had a shot cleared off the line before then and Valencia keeper Jasper Cillessen denied Michy Batshuayi.
Barcelona ease into last-16
Players of Chelsea and Valencia fight for the ball during their match.
place in the last-16 if they beat Lille at home. Victory for either side at Mestalla would have sent them through and Valencia went ahead when Soler scored in the 40th minute after team mate Maxi Gomez had missed two gilt-edged opportunities. Yet Kovacic levelled for Chelsea two minutes later, netting for the first time in 122 club games. Chelsea’s top scorer Tammy Abraham was car-
ried off on a stretcher with a serious-looking injury before halftime, although Lampard said after the game the striker had only suffered a knock to the hip. Valencia defender Jose Gaya was also taken off on a stretcher after fulltime having collapsed on the pitch. United States international Pulisic put Lampard’s side ahead in the 50th minute after a lengthy VAR review ruled him
DLK 1st badminton tourney kick off
The special guest N Phutolu (Domel) Achumi during the inaugural function.
D I M A P U R , N OV 2 8 (NPN): The first edition of the Dimapur Lizutomi Kuqhakulu (DLK) badminton tournament kicked off at Indoor Badminton Stadium, DC Court Dimapur Thursday. (MES) contractor and supplier president, N Phutolu (Domel) Achumi, who
graced the opening session as special guest, appreciated DLK for organising the event. Before declaring the tournament open, he encouraged the participants to maintain discipline and compete in the tournament in true sportsmanship. Altogether 42 teams are competing in the two-
day tournament. The categories for the tournament are amateur (men’s doubles) and 85+ men’s doubles (minimum age of both players should be 35+). The winner and runner-up of both the categories would receive Rs.10,000 and Rs.5000 respectively.
onside. Valencia forward Rodrigo Moreno missed an open goal later in the half and then the home side were awarded a penalty. But captain Parejo was denied from the spot by Chelsea keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, spurning a second penalty in the competition after also missing in the defeat to Ajax Amsterdam. The Spaniards eventually levelled in the 82nd minute with a remarkable
India drop two places in FIFA Rankings
New Delhi, Nov 28 (Agencies): India rank 108th in the world and 18th in Asia in the latest FIFA Rankings. Since the October 2019 edition of the rankings, the Blue Tigers have registered a 1-1 draw against Afghainstan and a 1-0 loss at the hands of Oman in the 2022 World Cup and 2023 AFC Asian Cup second round joint preliminary qualifiers from Group E. Qatar (55) and Oman (81), from the same group, have bettered their rankings by two and three places respectively while Aghanistan’s ranking (149) remains the same and Bangladesh suffered a three-place drop to 187. With Belgium continuing to stand atop, followed closely by France and Brazil, the top 10 teams in the world remain unaltered with the exception of Croatia (6) doing one better over Portugal. In Asia, Myanmar (136) has made a significant leap by 11 places besides Kuwait (147, up 9) thanks to their performance in the Qatar 2022 preliminaries.
Deepika, Ankita enter semis of Asian archery Bangkok, Nov 28 (PTI): The seasoned Deepika Kumari struck gold, while Ankita Bhakat bagged a silver after securing India an Olympic quota place at the Continental Qualification Tournament held on the sidelines of the 21st Asian Championships here on Thursday. Three individual places were up for grabs from the qualifications and Indian archers, who are competing without a flag due to the national federation’s suspension, made a big statement with top seed Deepika and sixth seed Ankita’s stellar show. Entering the brackets as the number one ranked woman, Deepika put up a flawless show to defeat Nur Afisa Abdul Halil of Malaysia 7-2, Zahra Nemati (Iran) 6-4 and local girl Narisara Khunhiranchaiyo 6-2 to make the last four, thereby securing an Olympic quota. “We were a little bit nervous earlier in the day... There was too much wind also. I just concentrated on my breathing and told my-
self ‘just do it’. I’m feeling good right now,” Deepika said. It was before the final round against the local challenger Narisara, Deepika promised her fiance and teammate Atanu to shoot a 28 but Deepika did one better by hitting two perfect 10s and one nine to seal the issue. “We wanted to give our best. Also I promised (mixed team partner and fiance) Atanu that I will shoot 28. He told me go and shoot. He understands my mind too and it turned out nicely,” she said. “Now we hope to
qualify a team berth from the Berlin stage of the World Cup next year,” she added. Later in the day, Deepika stormed into the final with another one-sided 6-2 win over Nguyet. Ankita, on the other hand, defeated Lam Shuk Ching Ada of Hong Kong 7-1, Nguyen Thi Phuong of Vietnam 6-0 and Anastassiya Bannova (Kazhakstan) 6-4 and Karma of Bhutan 6-2 to make it an all-Indian final. The Indian trio of Deepika, Ankita and Laishram Bombayala Devi competed under a neutral
flag due to the current suspension of the Archery Association of India (AAI), which is in administrative turmoil right now. India now have a team qualification in the men’s section and an individual quota in the women’s event of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Deepika, Ankita and Laishram Bombayala Devi competed under a neutral flag. It is India’s second Olympic quota place in archery after the men’s recurve team of Tarundeep Rai, Atanu Das and Pravin Jadhav had secured the first in the World Championships earlier this year. The Berlin stage of the 2020 World Cup is the last qualifying event in archery. “The whole team is very happy at least we won one quota. This tournament has been very good show for us,” she said, referring to their rich medal haul of one gold, two silver and four bronze medals in the Asian Archery Championships that concluded on Wednesday.
Lionel Messi scored in his 700th match for Barcelona and also set up goals for Luis Suarez and Antoine Griezmann as the Catalans beat Borussia Dortmund 3-1 on Wednesday to seal a spot in the Champions League knockout stages as Group F winners. Messi set up Suarez to put Barca ahead at a packed Camp Nou in the 29th minute before the Uruguayan returned the compliment for the Argentine to establish another Champions League record on his landmark night four minutes later.
Messi’s left-foot strike meant he had scored against a 34th different team in the Champions League, surpassing the mark that he had shared with Cristiano Ronaldo and Raul. Substitute Griezmann finished off a defencesplitting pass from Messi to further stretch Barca’s lead in the 67th minute, a much-needed goal for the Frenchman’s confidence after failing to score in his previous six appearances for the club. Dortmund’s England forward Sancho also began the game on the bench but made an impact when introduced after halftime, firing in an impressive consolation strike for the Germans in the 77th minute after pouncing on a loose ball inside the area. The 19-year-old then forced Barca keeper MarcAndre ter Stegen to turn a powerful shot on to the crossbar in a strong finish from the German side, whose coach Favre is under pressure due to the team’s poor domestic results. Ernesto Valverde’s side lead the standings with 11 points from five games, Inter Milan are second on seven while Dortmund are third, also on seven, with Slavia bottom with two.
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Eng’s Buttler a doubt for 2nd Test against NZ
WELLINGTON, Nov 28 (Agencies): England could be forced into following New Zealand and make an injury-enforced change to their side for the second test starting on Friday at Seddon Park in Hamilton with wicketkeeper Jos Buttler under a cloud. New Zealand were compelled into at least two changes to their side from that which won the first test of the two-match series by an innings and 65 runs, as all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme and pace bowler Trent Boult were both ruled out on Wednesday. Daryl Mitchell will make his test debut for New Zealand in place of de Grandhomme, who suffered a torn abdominal
muscle while fielding in the first match in Mt. Maunganui. “Daryl Mitchell is making his test debut, so that is very exciting for him” batsman Ross Taylor told reporters at Seddon Park on Thursday. “Colin de Grandhomme has (left) some very big shoes to fill but he (Mitchell) has had some experience at Twenty20 level and had a very good campaign on the first class scene.” The 28-year-old Mitchell has played nine Twenty20 internationals since making his debut earlier this year and was a like-for-like replacement for de Grandhomme, having scored seven first class centuries and averaged 35.65 with the bat and 33.57 with the ball.
Indigenous games conducted during Ngada festival
Participant taking part in kentsu-yi (high kick) competition on Thursday.
KO H I M A , N OV 2 8 (NPN): Vanguard FC Tseminyu organised indigenous games competition as part of two-day long Ngada Mini-Hornbill Festival 2019 celebration at RSA Ground, Tseminyu Old Town.
Angry fans vandalise Zlatan statue
STOCKHOLM, Nov 28 (Agencies): Fans in Malmo reacted angrily to the announcement that striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic has acquired a stake in Stockholm club Hammarby by vandalising a statue of the striker outside Malmo Stadium on Wednesday. It had been announced earlier in the day that 38year-old Ibrahimovic had acquired almost 25 percent of the shares in Hammarby. Announcing the deal, Ibrahimovic said he intended to make Hammarby the biggest club in Scandinavia, angering many of his former fans at Malmo FF, where he first made his name before career in Netherlands, Italy, Spain, England, France and the U.S. The 3.5-metre tall statue, which weighs approximately 500 kilograms and was unveiled on October 8 with Ibrahimovic present, was scorched with flares while racist messages had been sprayed on the ground nearby, local media reported.
Various competition such as runpha go-kart race, traditional fire making, greased-bamboo pole climbing, ketsu-tsonli (strength contest), kentsuyi (high kick) were conducted in an effort to revive and promote indigenous
games and sports. In the r unpha gokart race competition, Tseminyu Lojvu team and Kithagha Group came first and second respectively. The best runpha design was bagged by Kithagha group.
In traditional fire making (Ma Keyi), Kithagha group emerged as the winner, with Tseminyu Lojvu in second and Chogin Range in third position. Kasha Daho team won the greased bamboo pole climbing competition while Tseminyu Lojvu and Phenshunyu Lojvu in second and third position respectively. In strength contest (Ketsu-tsonli), Henilo Khing from Tseminyu Lojvu was declared as the winner and Zenilo Thyug from Kasha Daho in second position. For high kick competition, Hyulozu Semp from Tseminyu lojvu emerged as the winner and Wakhanlo Semy from Kithagha group in second. Kasha Daho group won the Ngada best morung contest and Hitilo Jemu and Dili Apon were declared as winners for men and women category respectively in Ngada best costume contest. The winners were awarded with cash prizes and certificates.
Sania set for return at Hobart International
Mumbai, Nov 28 (PTI): Sania Mirza on Thursday confirmed she will be back to competitive tennis at Hobart International in January, 2020, two years after taking a maternity break. The 33-year-old, who last played at the China Open in October, 2017, will team up with Ukraine’s Nadiia Kichenok, the current World No. 38. Sania, married to Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik, gave birth to their first son, Izhaan, in October last year. “I am playing in Hobart, then I am playing the Australian Open. I am planning to play a tournament in Mumbai, which is a USD 25,000 (ITF women) event next month, but I am 50-50 about it, so let’s see how my wrist behaves. We will see, but Hobart and Australian Open [for sure],” she said at a press conference. Sania, a winner of six Grand Slam titles, revealed she was back to her best shape. “There are a lot of changes when you have a baby. Your routine and sleep pattern changes. I [now] feel fit, my body is where it used to be before I had the baby. It was only six-seven months
ago, where I thought about it as a realistic possibility,” she said. Sania will par tner American Rajeev Ram for the mixed doubles at the Australian Open. She was speaking after inaugurating the newly relaid tennis courts at the iconic Khar Gymkhana here in presence of Mahesh Bhupathi, Gymkhana’s president Vivek Devnani and secretar y Gaurav Kapadia. Sania said she encountered a bout with Chikungunya fever recently. “Three months ago I got this virus Chikangunya, that was a setback because for two weeks I was sick. I have left wrist pain out of the blue because of this virus and it can last up to
three months to one year. All and all I feel good. Today I can tell you that I am ready to compete again. Of course, it will take me time to the level that I was playing [before], but it is [a] good start for me to feel good physically,” she said. Sania also said Tokyo 2020 Olympics was on her mind. “I have been there (Olympics) three times and last time we were unlucky to not win a medal. If I am able to put myself in that position to be able to compete at the Olympics again for the fourth time in my life, I would be really honoured and privileged. I have got three slams before Olympics and for me it’s week to week and day to day,” she said.
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