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The Morung Express
A Daily Publication of Morung for Indigenous Affairs & JustPeace
Dimapur VOL. VI ISSUE 101
Wednesday, April 13, 2011 12 pages ` 3
“ Ao Senden turns down 33% women quota
Don’t look for more honor than your learning merits
by Sandemo Ngullie
Anan Hazare …Root out corruption? That`s great really?…..mmmmm We nagas need leaders like him. By the way who the hell is Lokpal Bill?
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No increase in radiation level in India: AERB MUMBAI, APRIL 12 (PTI): The Atomic Energy Regulatory Board (AERB), which is continuously keeping a watch on the radiation levels in India in the wake of the nuclear crisis in Japan, said there was no increase in radiation in the country “over and above the natural background”. Data from the Indian Environmental Radiation Monitoring Network (IERMON) till today showed that there has been no increase in radiation levels at various locations within India over and above the natural background, the AERB said in a release here. The data assumes significance as Japan’s Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) today issued a new revised provisional rating for the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the IAEA International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) as Level 7.
MOOKCHUNG, APRIL 12 (DIPR): Minister for Urban Development and Higher & Technical Education, Dr. Shurhozelie on Monday (11th April 2011) held a consultative meeting at the conference hall of Mokokchung Municipal Council with representatives from Ao Senden (HOHO), Mokokchung Municipal Council (MMC), Mokokchung Chamber of commerce & Industries (MCCI), Village Council of Ungma, Chuchuyimpang , Mokokchung, Khensa villages and District Administration of Mokokchung. The meeting was held with regard to Municipal & Town Council election and 33% Reservation for women, on which the Minister said that since there is a constitutional provision regarding the issues, it is important to consult with the people before taking any steps. Shurhozelie said that the purpose of the meeting was to listen and to take note of the views expressed by the leaders of different agencies and the people so that an amicable settlement could be achieved through the people’s mandate. President Ao Senden,
Govt will not go against the wishes of the people: Shurhozelie
Lendinokdang while expressing gratitude to the Minister for his concern towards the Ao community also mentioned about the decision made by representative from all Ao villages at a meeting on 2nd November 2010, where it was resolved that the policy of 33% reservation for women will not be accepted within the boundary of the Aos . He also said that the Aos since time immemorial have never discriminated the women folk and the resolution adopted in the meeting is not against women but it is against the reservation policy. The President Ao Senden further stated that, people may think that the decision of the Ao Senden is irrational but what we are doing is to maintain our culture for it is clear enough that the implementation of 33% reservation for wom-
en would surely distort the fabric of Ao culture. The President added. In regard of the Municipal and Town Council election, on behalf of the land owners (Chuchuyimpang, Ungma, Khensa and Mokokchung village councils) Puryapang Lkr, Tatar of Mokokchung village said that the land owners would agree and support the Municipal and Town council election once an amendment considering the exemption of Tax on land and building is made. Chairman of All Ward Mokokchung ,President Mokokchung Chamber of Commerce & Industries, Coordinator, Advisory Board Mokokchung Municipal council and Members from different agencies also shared their opinions and suggestions were made on the issues at the meeting. The Minister was accompanied by the Joint Director, Urban Local Body, Kohima Toshimanen, R. Asenla Keitzar Additional Deputy Commissioner & Administrator MMC and other officials. The meeting was conducted by Deputy Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif performs on the set of the Commissioner Mokokc- film ‘Mere brother ki Dulhan’, or ‘My Brother’s Bride’, at hung Lithrongla G. Chishi. Agra Fort, in Agra, Tuesday, April 12. (AP Photo)
Dentists, services denounce threat
DIMAPUR, APRIL 12 (MExN): The Nagaland unit of the Indian Dental Association (INA) and the Nagaland Secretariat Services Association have denounced the April 8 attempt to rob and intimidate an officer of the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare by unidentified gunmen. Separate notes denouncing the crime was received here from the dentists and the civil employees. “The association is pained to state that such extreme form of harassment by antisocial elements have to be borne by the doctors time and again who are committed to provide health care deliveries to our people,” the dentists stated. The IDA appeals to all right-thinking citizens and civil society to condemn the act. Anti-social elements should not be ‘allowed to free-
ly rob’ the people ‘at their will’, the IDA stated. The state government is also urged to arrest the culprits and ‘bring them to justice without delay.’ “We extend our fullest support and stand with the decision of the officers and staffs of the department of Health & family Welfare for any form of future course of action on the action,” the IDA added. In addition, the Nagaland Secretariat Services Association expressed pain at the incident. “Such incidents should not have any place in our society especially at this juncture when all the people are yearning for a peaceful co-existence. The NSSA condemn such acts of threat to life and express our solidarity with the officers and staff of the directorateofHealth&familyWelfare in their resolve t fight for justice,” The association added.
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Cong seeks anti-graft clause for corporates, NGOs in Lokpal Bill NEW DELHI, APRIL 12 (AGENCIES): The Congress on Tuesday sought to widen the scope of the Lokpal Bill suggesting that the Joint Committee to draft the legislation could also go into the issue of corruption in the corporate sector and NGOs as part of a comprehensive package against graft. “The anti-corruption law in the US can look into the functioning of the corporate sector and the NGO (non-governmental organisations) sector and it should be considered”, party General Secretary Digvijay Singh told reporters here. However, he sidestepped questions as to whether a probe into corruption in the corporate sector and NGOs was ‘the need of the hour’. Singh also said that till now he considered Hazare a Gandhian with impeccable secular credentials. Replying to a question, he said that the National Advisory Council headed by Congress president Sonia Gandhi could also go into the Jan Lokpal Bill formulated by Hazare and his supporters. Asked whether Hazare and his supporters needed to be represented in the NAC,
he merely said that “his supporters are already there”. Insisting that the issue of corruption would not end with the enactment of the Lokpal Bill, he said that a comprehensive strategy needed to be evolved taking into consideration matters like the five-point plan unveiled by Gandhi at the party plenary for transparent governance. Replying to a volley of questions on Hazare and the campaign launched by him, he said that a battle had to be fought at every level against corruption including action against bureaucrats for disproportionate assets, as was taking place in Bihar, Jammu and Kashmir. “It will be in the highest tradition of transparency if they declare,” he remarked when asked whether representatives of the civil society in the Joint Committee on the Lokpal Bill should declare their assets as the ministers on the panel have already done so. Describing Hazare as a “very fine human being who has done excellent service in the rural sector”, he took a dig at the Gandhian for praising Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi. Continued on page 5
‘24th AR testing Naga army patience’ AKM warns against corruption DIMAPUR, APRIL 12 (MExN): The GPRN/NSCN has stated that the 24 Assam Rifles was testing the patience of the Naga army and that “the occupational forces will have to understand that they are strangers in the land of the Nagas”. “They will never be able to crush the Nagas nor disarm the Nagas even if they place a soldier in every Naga home. The criminal action of 24th Assam Rifles contravenes the ceasefire ground rules between Government of India and the NSCN”, stated a press note issued by the MIP GPRN/NSCN. According to the MIP note, the seizure of Arms and ammunition at Chekiye Village on 9th April by 24 Assam Rifles as reported in the local dailies was “another test of patience on the Naga
Army by the occupational forces”. “As per the ceasefire agreement the arms were kept concealed and safely deposited which is clear that there was never a question of threat or intimidation to anyone in the area. The raid blatantly violates clause D of the cease fire ground rules for which the GPRN/NSCN demand the government of India to immediately release all arms to GPRN/ NSCN CFSB and initiate disciplinary action against the untutored 24 AR officer in question and his men who conducted the raid”, demanded the MIP note. The GPRN/NSCN questionedtheGOIastowhyithas ordered the 24 AR to target the Naga Army everywhere while allowing “IM cadres to openly maintain arms and men at different locations
in and around Dimapur”. “Turning a blind eye to IM camps in Dimapur and raiding homes of GPRN/NSCN nationalworkersisunacceptable. It is not wrong to say that the 24 AR have either been bribed or accepted the idea of IM being the extension of GOI”, stated the MIP note. The MIP note stated that in “future Naga Army shall reserve the right to oppose any action of AR that violates agreed ceasefire ground rules”. “If at all any activity is reported anywhere, AR should have the wisdom to consult CFSB Chairman through whom ceasefire mechanism could be enforced”, it stated while once again seeking the release of seized arms as the raid was conducted in contravention of the ceasefire ground rules.
DIMAPUR, APRIL 12 (MExN): The Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) congratulates all the successful candidates who have passed the written exams for the post of primary and graduate teachers examination conducted by the State Council of Educational Research & Training and are waiting to appear the oral interviews at Mokokchung district. However, the AKM in a press note issued by Nathan Ozukum, Vice President & Convenor Public Grievances Cell Ao Students’ Conference strongly warned the concern authorities that the oral interview scheduled to be held at Mokokchung district should be conducted fairly without any favouritism or nepotism, and that the deserving candidates should be selected for the said posts. Besides, the concerned authorities should ensure that the marks secured by each candidate both in the written and viva-voice should be published in the local dailies for ensuring transparency and accountability. The Ao Students’ Conference (AKM) will make sure that it will leave no stone unturned to ensure a fair interview. If any knowledge of discrepancies in the interview process comes to the knowledge of the Ao Students’ Union then the AKM will take strong action and resort to any kind of action to ensure justice in the society, stated the press note.
F&ES stresses importance of Dimapur district hospital structure fire extinguisher to control fire has outlived its lifespan: Azo
Naga Hoho wishes Public told to Myanmar Nagas pass correct DIMAPUR, APRIL 12 information (MExN): The Naga Hoho to fire stations congratulated all elected representative members of the Nagas in Myanmar (Burma) chosen by the people during the recent elections. “We are also happy to learn that one of the elected Naga leaders is being inducted to the Union Cabinet,” the Naga Hoho stated in a note issued by its leaders today. Social unrest and deprivation have been looming in the Naga areas of Burma for the past many decades, the ‘hoho’ said. ‘Despite all these odds Nagas have stood firm for the common cause.’ “Against this backdrop, with the induction of many Naga leaders to both Union Cabinet and autonomous body, we strongly hope that the Naga territory shall no longer be retarded, but included in the road map for development activities in all spheres,” the ‘hoho’ said.
Chizokho Vero Kohima | April 12
The state’s department of fire & emergency services today stressed on the need to equip with the basic knowledge and correct handling of fire extinguisher to control and prevent the outbreak of fire, and also appealed to public to pass correct information to the fire stations. This was signaled to public at the weeklong long programme on demonstration and training on handling of fire extinguisher, which culminated here today at the Kohima Local Ground. Apparently, this awareness programme proved timely and educative for public in the wake of number of fire incidents reported in the past few weeks in
Fire & emergency services (F&ES) SP Neilasa Sopfü along with other fire service personnel and media persons at the training programme on April 12 in Kohima.
Kohima and other parts of the state. 150 trainees representing various government departments, churches, schools/colleges, hotels, building owners and public from 7 districts joined the programme. Significantly, this programme
evoked positive response from trainees where many opted and demanded for fire extinguisher, sensing its importance in controlling the fire. Fire & emergency services (F&ES) SP Neilasa Sopfü said the objective of
demonstration and training programme was to create awareness on the importance and correct use of fire extinguisher, which he said would go a long way in preventing and controlling the fire. Continued on page 5
DIMAPUR, APRIL 12 (MExN): The poor infrastructure that is housing the district hospital, Dimapur has been a topic of much concern over the past many years. Let alone the absence of state-of-the-art medical machinery, the scale dips to the negative when it comes to the most basic - sanitation and its requisite amenities. There is some hope in the horizon for the people of the district, in this aspect, if a disclosure made by the minister concerned is to take concrete shape. Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu disclosed on Tuesday, April 12 that repairs/upgradation of the existing infrastructure will begin, tentatively, by next year. Azo stated this to media persons prior to his departure for Australia today. Without being specific on the nature of work that will, or rather might, be taken up, he said: “upgradation work will begin next year”. “The present building has over lived its lifespan”, he acknowledged. Continued on page 5
Legislators Forum on HIV & AIDS on a study tour to Australia DIMAPUR, APRIL 12 (MExN): Minister for Health & Family Welfare Kuzholuzo (Azo) Neinu left for Australia, April 12 on a study tour. The health minister is heading a five member team of the Nagaland Legislators Forum on HIV & AIDS (NLFA). Deputy Speaker, Ralanthung Yanthan; MLA & chairman NKVIB, Dr. Nicky Kire; MLA Joshua Sumi; and the state coordinator of the NLFA, Dr Vinito Chishi are the other team members. Interacting with media persons at his residence today, prior to the departure, Azo said that the team is making the trip on the invite of the Australian Consulate. They will be visiting Sydney and Melbourne. Queried on the purpose of the trip, Azo said that a team from the Australian Gov-
ernment Overseas Aid Program (Aus AID) had visited the state on December last year. “They felt that we (NLFA) are doing a good job” as far as work relating to fighting HIV & AIDS is concerned and the result it has born, Azo said. “They want us to share our experiences and also want us to learn how they are dealing with HIV & AIDS in their country.” He added that Nagaland was the first in the country to have such a forum and other states have followed suit. The decline in the HIV prevalence rate in the state, which currently stands at 0.78 percent from 1.02 percent 2-3 years back, was the result of the work committed by the NSACS, the NGOs, church based organizations and other forums put together, he said. The team will return on April 25.
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