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The Morung Express
A Daily Publication of Morung for Indigenous Affairs & JustPeace
Dimapur VOL. IV ISSUE 291
If you’re sincere, praise is effective. It you’re insincere, it’s manipulative
Retirement case continues DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): In a continuation of yesterday’s Nagaland retirement bill hearing in Guahati High Court, the Nagaland government today presented its case but could not complete it. The case will continue October 22. The Guahati High Court is hearing the Nagaland Retirement (from Public Employment) Bill 2009 being contested by Nagaland government employees. Yesterday, the court heard the Nagaland Senior Government Employees’ Welfare Association and today, the ‘second part’ of the hearing was presented by the Nagaland government’s side. A source said today’s hearing saw the association’s representative making his presentation and later, the Nagaland state’s advocate but could not complete it. The Nagaland government consul requested for more time and eventually the court decided to continue the case into October 22, a source said. The Nagaland Senior Government Employees’ Welfare Association is contesting the Nagaland government’s retirement bill.
South Korean firm to set up storage in SEZ Morung Express News Dimapur| October 21
AFTER BURNING ITS fingers in the past in trying to create a market for locally-grown ginger, the government of Nagaland is attempting once again to create a niche market. The state government has signed an agreement with South Korean firm CONA International Limited to set up a ginger factory in the 50 hectares Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in Ganeshnagar, near Dimapur. CONA International plans to provide technological assistance to build storages to help improve methods of storing ginger for farmers in Nagaland. Earlier this year, the Centre approved
A modern-type bunker storage (left) and a conventional-type cave storage (right). These types of storage have been in use in China for centuries. A cave or bunker is dug underground where ginger is stored less than 25 degree Celsius, and can last up to two years without rotting. CONA International is planning to build these types of bunkers in the SEZ in Ganeshnagar, to help local farmers improve methods of storing gingers.
the Nagaland government’s proposal for product specific agro-food processing SEZ by the Nagaland Industrial Development Corporation Limited (NIDC). According to the agreement, the government has
identified Peren and Dimapur districts to apply ‘contract farming system’ once the project makes headway. This system will enable farmers to dispose their crop easily. CONA International will also procure
FOR MY FATHER
by Sandemo Ngullie
Bollywood actor Sonam Kapoor, right, receives the Special Jury Award on behalf of her father Anil Kapoor, from President Pratibha Patil during the 55th National Film Awards, in New Delhi on October 21. Anil Kapoor received the award for producing the film ‘Gandhi My Father.’ (AP Photo)
India is world diabetes capital
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NEW DELHI, OCTOBER 21 (MAIL TODAY): Here’s some news that’s not ‘ sweet’ at all: Every sixth diabetic in the world is an Indian, making the country the world’s diabetes capital. New data released on Tuesday shows India has over 50 million diabetics out of the world’s 285 million. The disease is affecting more people in the working age group and is proving to be an economic burden, according to the figures released by the International Diabetes Federation. “This epidemic is getting out of control. We are losing ground in the struggle to contain diabetes,” warned federation president Jean Claude Mbanya while releasing the report at the 20th World Diabetes Congress in Montreal. “No country is immune and no country is fully equipped to repel this common enemy.” Dr Anoop Misra, chief scientific adviser, Diabetes Foundation ( India), who is attending the conference, said diabetes should be
deemed more important than infectious diseases and even HIV. Almost every household in the country has one or two diabetics. “The projected figures are only one estimate in the climbing curve. The rising curve will not level off anytime soon. Unless countrywide initiative is taken in the right earnest, this disease is going to affect many more and severely dent the country’s economy,” Misra said. With 50.8 million diabetics, India tops the global tally. China with 43.2 million patients comes second, followed by the US where 26.8 million people suffer from the disease. Diabetes is threatening global health and economic prosperity. The disease will cost the world economy at least $ 376 billion ( over Rs 17 lakh crore) in 2010. This is 11.6 per cent of the world’s total healthcare expenditure. By 2030, this amount is expected to rise to over $ 490 billion ( over Rs 22 lakh crore). Read related awareness article on p7
Multi-purpose private sector SEZ for State DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): Director of Industry Keppen Rengma today disclosed that a multipurpose private sector Special Economic Zone (SEZ) is likely to come up in future in Dimapur. Addressing a ginger farmers’ workshop at Ganeshnagar, North East India’s first SEZ, Rengma said that “the government of India has agreed in principle for the construction of the multi-purpose SEZ.” A private construction company will take up the project, he said. The multi-purpose SEZ will take up projects such as township planning and other big construction works. The government is currently working to finish infrastructural development of the proposed agrobased SEZ. This is the first agro-based SEZ in the entire country. Already 12.5 crore rupees have been invested and another 35 crore rupees is needed to complete them, he said. The Nagaland Industrial Development Authority is the development authority. Export Promotion Industrial Park (EPIP) which is being converted to a SEZ, holds 435 acres of land. Rengma explained to farmers that once the SEZ is operational it will be declared a “foreign territory.” Any place outside the SEZ will be the “domestic tariff area.” With the first SEZ project set to kick off, the government is speeding things up.
Wildlife rubbishes “cultivators” claim
Man held by NSCN (IM) to be released
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ginger from other parts of the state with 50% transportation fees borne by the government. Under this pilot project, CONA International is going to set up two different kinds of storage — traditional and modern—
inside the SEZ. Any remaining ginger procured by the company will be shipped to South Korea so that there is no loss for the farmers. Value-added ginger products will be coming back to the SEZ for export. The company is also planning to teach farmers how to make ginger products. In a bid to familiarize ginger farmers with the new concept of SEZ and upcoming business ventures with CONA International, a workshop was held on production programme, post-harvest and marketing of ginger in Ganeshnagar today. CONA representatives gave an overview on ginger management, ginger applications and plans of the company. The storage facility involves digging deep caves into the ground where ginger is stored mixed with coarse sand, CONA reps explained.
DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): The department of Forest & Wildlife today completely rubbished the claims of the so-called “cultivators” who had yesterday claimed that encroached areas of Rangapahar Zoological Park was outside the “notified area.” The department today issued a sharp response to the persons claiming to be “cultivators” and asserting legitimacy over encroached areas. The “cultivators” had also claimed to have filed a PIL in the court. The department made clear that the stated Nagaland Zoological Park,
KOHIMA, OCTOBER 21 (MExN):The agitating Nagaland University Teachers’ Association (NUTA) and the Nagaland University Non-Teaching Staff Association (NUNTSA) have jointly decided to indefinitely call off their ongoing agitation in the form of picketing of offices of key officials of the university. Speaking to this correspondent, President of NUNTSA, Medo Chirha, informed that the agitation has been suspended till further notice. He also informed that the NUNTSA had held an emergency meeting where it had issued an ultimatum to the vice chancellor to return to office and resolve the impasse by October 23.
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Tech & Marketing help for ginger farmers
NUTA- NUNTSA agitation suspended
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DIMAPUR, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): The NSCN (IM) today informed that one Letlam Dongel is in the custody of the outfit’s “special ops party.” A note from the group’s “PRO/IPR” said he was caught on Sunday, October 18 for alleged involvement in “extortion threats.” On receiving reports of extortion in Ghaspani, the note said, he was caught “red handed.” He has also confessed to be a “khapur” of “Khaplang group,” the note said. “All concerned can be rest assured that the apprehended person will be released save (sic) and sound very soon after undergoing necessary procedures,” it added.
Rangapahar, is located very well within the notified area and equally, located well within the brick-walls. Over the assertion made by the mob that had on the 7th, assaulted Forest personnel in the park, the department reminded them that the personnel were checking illegal activities as it was their duty. “It is the duty of any forest official posted in Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar to check any illegal activities as per provision of Forest Act and Wild Life (Protection) Act, 1972. During routine patrolling duty, some freshly constructed huts were
noticed on 07-10, 2009, which were destroyed,” the department stated. Over the claims of the so-called “cultivators” that there were “standing crops,” the department rubbished the claim. “There were no standing crops as claimed by the so called ‘cultivators’,” the department stated. Here, the department also reminded them that after necessary spot verification of Nagaland Zoological Park, Rangapahar on September 16, 2005, the Naga civil society had resolved to support, protect and preserve the zoological park.
AR, local org tradeoff over mishap KOHIMA, OCTOBER 21 (MExN): The Northern Angami Youth Organisation today accused the Assam Rifles of the Tsiesema-based 5 Sector, of assaulting an Angami leader following a road mishap. The NAYO also set a deadline of October 23 for the Assam Rifles to identify and take action against the AR personnel involved. Failing which, the organization warned, it would resort to an own course of action. However, the Assam Rifles today issued a clarification on the incident narrating the turn of events, including one that said it was the truck that ran into the bus and not as claimed. While confirming the mishap – which involved a civilian truck ramming into an AR bus occupied by women and children of the force – the AR said an inquiry has been set up to look into the allegations.
Talking to newsmen today, NAYO officials said that the incident occurred when an AR bus occupied by AR families ‘had a collision with a private truck’ near the main entrance gate of the 5 Sector headquarters. The Assam Rifles led by an officer allegedly harassed and physically assaulted the occupants of the truck and also of a Gypsy. The NAYO officials alleged that when the chairman of the Bayavü Panchayat and also the vice president of the NPF Northern Angami-II, who was in a Gypsy behind the truck, tried to intervene, he was beaten up ‘mercilessly.’ He was then taken to the 5 Sector headquarters where “the victims” were made to sign a written statement stating that ‘they were not physically manhandled,’ it was alleged. Continued on page 5
At last! LPG Home Delivery to restart
Morung Express News Dimapur | October 21
THE SHORTAGE of LPG cylinders in Dimapur is not a new a phenomenon, so is the sight of people making long queues at the few LPG outlets in town. The Dimapur Municipal Council, following complaints from consumers about the “burning issue” called a joint meeting of retailers and IOC officials at the office of the DMC on Wednesday, October 21. Indian Oil Corporation is the bulk distributor of LPG in the state. The last two months or so Dimapur has been experiencing an alarming scarcity of the domestic fuel, creating a chain reaction of sorts. Trying to bring about an “amicable solution” to the problem was the main agenda, said Convenor of the DMC’s Essential Commodities Cell, Lipok Pongen chairing the meeting. DMC chairman Khekaho Assumi could not attend because of some unavoidable circumstances. He had initiated the meeting. Deputy Director of Food & Civil Supplies Apokla Jamir was also in attendance. Representatives from both sides putting forth their reasons said that multiple connections per family are adding to the problem. According to IOC norms, a family
Dimapur receiving less than half of required LPG demand from plants
can have not more than one connection. Compounding the problem, said one of the retailers, is the practice of “VIP chits” and “certain other groups” who forcefully take away LPGs in bulk without proper delivery cards. They also cited commercial establishments such as hotels, hostels and even educational institutions using LPG cylinders meant for domestic purposes, which is very true. They were very vocal in their demand to check this practice. Not surprisingly, the ‘shadowy’ issue of black marketing was left completely in the backburner. At present anyone without a refill card can get a filled cylinder for Rs 450550 in exchange for an empty one. It is left to anybody’s guess where it can be bought. These sorts of illegal practices have been going on under everybody’s nose since the past many years. In fact the practice starts as soon as the trucks hit the highway. One of the local dailies had some months ago carried a report with photos of how refilled cylinders are “lost” on the way. The retailers further claimed
that they have not been receiving their full quota the last two months, creating a shortfall of almost half of the demand. Figures presented by the IOC representatives indicated that Zinyu Gas Agency (Circular Road) and Dimapur Gas Agency (Dhobinullah), of the five outlets in the town, faces the brunt of the demand with 17236 and 11422 official connections till the month ending September, 2009. Sato Gas Agency has 8504, Ashili Gas Agency 7323 and Kedi Gas Agency has 5227 connections. The figures show Dimapur has an LPG customer base of 49712. This would increase if the number of filled cylinders “lost” in the black market is roughly taken into account. In comparison during the month of September, Zinyu received only 10682, Dimapur Gas Agency – 7156, Sato Gas Agency - 3902, Ashili Gas Agency - 4066 and Kedi Gas Agency – 3314; totalling 29120 (a shortage of more than half of the demand in the past month). On an average the said outlets get 11000, 7494, 4475, 4686
and 3362 respectively, far below the required demand. The IOC officials attributed the shortfall to the less than normal bulk supply from the plants the last two months. At present, the IOC officials said the LPG Bottling Plant at 7th Mile is catering to the demands of Kohima district. Dimapur is being supplied from Gopanari Bottling Plant at Tinsukia, Assam. Trucks normally take three days to reach here the IOC officials said. The officials held that it is an all India policy that LPG retailers can receive only 60% of their monthly quota. This, they said, has been put in place on the logic that not all the consumers would refill their empty cylinders on the same day, so easing the pressure on the supply and checking black marketing. But in the case of the state, it has been enhanced to 70% taking into consideration the hilly topography of the state, they said. However, despite this consideration it is still running short. The question is who is it to blame? The outlets might be selling the LPGs in ‘black’; still buying LPGs in black is also illegal. The chairman of the meeting rightly put it “public should not encourage it,” adding that any such practice should be brought to the notice of the proper authority formally. Continued on page 5
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