Indian Army attacks NSCN-K camp in Myanmar, inflicts 'casualties'

In another strike, Indian Army commandos have attacked an NSCN-K camp in Myanmar, inflicting some casualties, an army source said on Thursday.
"A team of 12 Para Commandos attacked a check post of the NSCN-K (National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang) situated in the vicinity of its Shwelo camp inside Myanmar on Wednesday. The gunfight continued for half hour," an army official told IANS. 
The rebels suffered at least four to five casualties, he said, adding there was no casualty on the army side.
The commandos were equipped with rocket launchers, mortars and automatic grenade launcher to carry out the strike, he said, adding the operation lasted for two hours after being started at 2 p.m. 
According to the official, the area of operation was 3 km beyond border pillar 151 on the India-Myanmar border across Nagaland's Mon district.
The pursuit of the rebels was undertaken after three Assam Rifles personnel and three others were wounded in an ambush by NSCN-K rebels in Mon on June 18.
NSCN-K's Deputy Minister, 'Colonel' Isak Sumi, confirmed that Indian Army "in huge numbers" crossed Chenmoh village and arrived at the international boundary some kilometres away from the "Naga Army" (NSCN-K) forward post, but were detected.
"On realisation that their presence has already been detected they resorted to blank firings randomly for several minutes to which the Naga Army responded and prevented any further advance. Casualties could not be ascertained," Sumi wrote on his Facebook page.
The NSCN-K faction abrogated a ceasefire signed in 2001 with the Indian government on March 27, 2015, just a month before the truce was up for renewal.
Subsequently, they went on a killing spree, attacking Indian soldiers in Nagaland and Manipur. The outfit even mounted the deadly ambush on a convoy of the 6 Dogra Regiment in Manipur's Chandel district on June 4, 2015, killing 18 soldiers.
Following this, the elite army special forces personnel entered Myanmar, raided two insurgent camps and inflicted "significant casualties".
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NDPP leader Neiphio Rio sworn in as new Chief Minister of Nagaland

Neiphiu Rio sworn in as Nagaland CM
Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP) leader Neiphiu Rio was sworn in as the new Chief Minister of Nagaland at the head of a coalition -- the People"s Democratic Alliance (PDA) -- government that includes the Bharatiya Janata Party  (BJP), the ruling party at the Centre.
Nagaland Governor P B Acharya administered the oaths of office and secrecy to Mr. Rio at a simple ceremony.
Mr. Y. Patton, the leader of the BJP legislature party, was sworn in as the Deputy Chief Minister. 
Ten other Ministers were sworn in as Cabinet Ministers. They are: C. M. Chang, G. Kaito Aye, Neiba Kronu, S. Pangnyu Phom, P. Paiwang Konyak, Jacob Zhimomi, Metsubo Jamir, Tongpang Ozukam, V. Kashiho Sangtam and Temjen Imna Along.
Mr. Rio, 67, a former Chief Minister, was elected unopposed to the State Legislative Assembly from the Northern Angami-II constituency. He is the only Chief Minister to have served three consecutive terms in the state from 2003 to 2014 as the leader of the Naga People's Front (NPF).
BJP President Amit Shah, Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju and the Chief Ministers of Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Meghalaya were amongst those present on the occasion.
The ceremony was held at the Kohima Local Ground, making it the first time that the swearing-in of a Chief Minister was done outside the Raj Bhavan.
The NDPP had won 17 seats in the February 27 elections to the 60-member assembly, while the BJP had secured 12. Mr. Rio has also got the support of the Janata Dal (United) MLA and an independent candidate.
The National People's Party (NPP), whose leader and Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad Sangma was present at the ceremony, got two seats.
Outgoing Chief Minister T R Zeliang's NPF won 27 seats.
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Faced with climate change, Nagaland to revive traditional rice varieties

Rising temperature, erratic rainfall and occurrence of moderate drought are beginning to impact food production in Nagaland. In order to meet the challenge of climate change, the state is now turning to its forgotten resource – traditional food crops which can withstand higher  temperatures and water-stressed conditions.
The hilly state has initiated steps to revive traditional rice as well as millet varieties which over the years gave way to high yielding crop varieties for various reasons. Though farmers are not growing traditional varieties for sustenance, they are still the custodian of knowledge about them. In the wake of climate change, these varieties will be promoted among farmers, as they are the best bet for adapting to changing climate.
The biological diversity of rice in the state is tremendous – 867 traditional ‘land races’ of rice have been identified by the State Agriculture Research Station (SARS) at Mokokchung. These rice varieties are broadly categorized as glutinous, brown and aromatic, and most of them are grown under the jhum or shifting cultivation system practiced by different Naga tribes in the state.
The state government has initiated a project called “gene pool conservation of indigenous rice varieties under traditional integrated rotational farming system for promoting livelihood and food security as climate change adaptation strategy.” The Rs 24 crore project will be supported by the National Adaptation Fund for Climate Change. It will be implemented in one village in each selected block in five districts - Tuensang, Wokha, Zunheboto, Mokokchung and Kohima – over the next three years.
All rice production systems are exposed to heat stress but rainfed uplands are particularly vulnerable to temperature rise. Heat stress leads to stunting, affecting yields. In addition, warmer climate leads to introduction of new diseases and insects.
“Farmers need new varieties which are drought and heat resistant. Traditional rice and millet varieties can do just this, as they can grow even in marginalised lands, are highly diverse in terms of pest resistance, yield, time of cultivation and maturity and water requirement,” Dr D.K. Chetri, Joint Director, SARS, told India Science Wire on the sidelines of a media workshop in climate change here.
“Nagaland is not adequately equipped to handle current climate change impacts. The state has a large existing adaptation deficit which is a priority of early action. Therefore, there is a need for developing processes for community led adaptation that are rooted in local institutions,” he added.
Under the projects, field gene banks will be developed for conservation and research of promising varieties, and seed exchange programme will be initiated with the involvement of communities engaged in both jhum and terrace cultivation. Selected promising seeds varieties will then be disseminated to farmers across the state.
Rice is staple food of Nagaland with about 86% of the cultivable area in the state under jhum and terrace rice cultivation systems. Traditional rice varieties are grown in altitude ranging from 300 to 2500 meters. But of late, farmers are shifting to cash crops putting cereal production under stress. High intensity farming of rice and pulses, promoted under several schemes, has not been sustainable.
Climate change has added a new stress factor. In the last 100 years, Nagaland has experienced increase in average annual temperature from 1.4 degree to 1.6 degree. “The projected increase in average annual temperature is 1.6 degree to 1.8 degree between 2021 and 2050,” pointed out Dellirose M Sakhrie, secretary of the state Department of Science and Technology. The rainfall is also expected to increase in intensity by 20%. The number of extreme dry and extreme wet days will increase during 2021-2050.
Dr Chetri said farming practices in the state would have to be modified with changing climate, in order to ensure food and nutritional security of people.
The workshop was organised by the Centre for Media Studies, the Department of Science and Technology, the Indian Himalayas Climate Adaptation Programme, along with the Nagaland Climate Change Cell.
(India Science Wire)

Hornbill Festival, perfect showcase of rich Naga culture and tradition, says Kovind

President Ram Nath Kovind at the inauguration of the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day at Kisama in Nagaland on December 1, 2017.
President Ram Nath Kovind at the inauguration of the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day at Kisama in Nagaland on December 1, 2017.
President Ramnath Kovind today termed the Hornbill Festival as the “perfect showcase of the rich Naga culture and traditions, preserved over the years in the form of music, dance and food".
Speaking at the inauguration of the Hornbill Festival and State Formation Day celebrations, Mr Kovind said the Hornbill Festival at Kisama here and the International Music Festival represent the diversity of Naga society.
“We have the best of traditional dance and music, and we have the best of modern musicians and artistes,” he added.
“As I understand, every tribe and community has skilled weavers who specialise in different styles of shawls. Each is a marvel. In a time of machine-made products, Nagaland should justifiably be proud of such traditional, hand-woven shawls. They must reach a much wider market,” the President said.
“Today, Nagaland is at the edge of making history. After years of insurgency, there is hope. With the support of the people of the state, of civil society institutions and all stakeholders, there is an opportunity for lasting peace.
“I congratulate all the Naga groups for having come so far. I am confident that a final agreement – one that is fair to all and meets the expectations and aspirations of all – will be reached soon,” Mr Kovind said.
“Today there is a government in the state without any opposition. This is a unique situation. It also offers a chance to resolve long-standing political problems, bring lasting peace – and it can accelerate the process of development and of creating jobs and opportunities. Nagaland deserves this; all of you deserve it – and the young people of the state deserve it,” he added.
“The youth of Nagaland is the pride of the country. I see in them a quest and an aspiration to excel and be the best. They are the true legatees of Dr T. Ao, the doctor-sportsperson who was the first captain of our national football team after Independence, leading the team in the London Olympics of 1948,” Mr Kovind said.
“Young people from Nagaland are role models for the rest of India. An illustrious daughter of this state, Temsutula Imsong has won the hearts of the nation for her remarkable work in cleaning the ghats of the river Ganga in Varanasi,” he added.
“Another Naga girl – Chiewelou Thele – was adjudged the best trainee commando in her batch of police officers of Delhi Police. She was the Poster Girl for Delhi Police this year. And as Supreme Commander of the Armed Forces, I must say I am immensely proud of our Naga soldiers and officers. They are among the best we have. They have done the country great service,” he said.
The key to Nagaland’s development is infrastructure and connectivity projects. These will link Nagaland to new markets, both in India and abroad. That is one of the key goals of the Government of India’s Act East Policy and of its thrust for connectivity in the states of the Northeast, including Nagaland.
Nagaland has so much to offer. The strength of the state lies in its organic farm produce, flowers and fruits. The state has rare medicinal plants and herbs that can help create jobs and boost the economy. “I cannot forget to mention Naga Jolokia, called King Chilli locally. This is one of the hottest chilli peppers of the world. We need to bottle it into one of the hottest selling sauces of the world,” he added.
The President said  Nagaland has the potential to be an attractive tourist destination, offering a unique blend of heritage and culture and spectacular natural beauty. Another attribute of society here is the high literacy rate. A young population that is fluent in English, comfortable with Information Technology and forward-looking can transport the state and the region into a hub for the services industries of the future. 
“Our country is making great strides in every area - business, trade, education and culture. We are among the world’s fastest-growing economies. We are also a diverse nation. Our linguistic, ethnic, religious and geographical variety makes India special – and that is our biggest strength.”
“It is an exciting time to be an Indian. And it is an exciting time to be a Naga. Nagaland and the Northeast are central to the India story. Without the development of Nagaland, the development of India will be incomplete,” he added.

Final approval for 4-laning of Dimapur - Kohima section of NH-39 in Nagaland

The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) yesterday approved the implementation of the project of four-laning of the Dimapur-Kohima section of National Highway (NH)-39.
The project, from km. 124.1 to km.172.9 of NH-39 (excluding Dimapur and Kohima bypass) in Nagaland, will be taken up under the special Accelerated Road Development Programme (SARDP-NE) Phase ‘A’ in North Eastern Region on Build, Operate and Transfer (BOT - Annuity). 
The total length of the road will be 42.8 km with total project cost of Rs.1089.87 crore (excluding land acquisition and pre-construction). The concessionaire will make all expenditure to complete the project and will charge the annuity from the Government, an official press release said.
The main object of the project is to expedite the improvement of infrastructure in Nagaland. The project is one of the stretches approved by the Government under SARDP-NE. It will help reduce the time and cost of travel for traffic plying between Dimapur and Kohima. It will also increase the potential of employment of local labourers for project activities, the release added.

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We have to improve our death bowling: Dhoni

Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni stressed the importance of death bowling after Chennai Super Kings stole a thriller against Royal Challengers in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here tonight.

"The performance was great, we need to improve our death bowling drastically. We didn't get off to a good start, the pressure was there on the middle order. You can't really afford to play too many dot balls, you have to be there till the 15th or 16th over to cash in," said Dhoni.
Man of the Match Ravindra Jadeja, who nowadays is ridiculed as Sir Jadeja on the social media, said he was not trying to play silly shots.
"(With reference to Sir) they are just making fun in a lighter way, not a serious way. I was confident about my batting, I scored two triple-hundreds this season. I was not trying to play any silly shots, it was a good wicket," he said.
Royal Challengers skipper Virat Kohli said his team lost the match in the last six over.
"It was our game to lose in the last six overs. We are relying on big partnership as of now, a few small partnerships will do good for us. RP, T20 is a game like that, I'm still proud of him," he said.

Moderate earthquake rocks Kohima region of Nagaland

An earthquake of moderate intensity, measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale, rocked the Kohima region of Nagaland in the early hours of today, the India Meteorological Department (IMD) said.

The quake, which had its epicentre at latitude 25.5 degrees North and longitude 94.2 degrees East, occurred at 0125 hours today at a focal depth of 35 km, an IMD bulletin said.

4 choked to death by carbon monoxide in Kohima IG Stadium

Four people were found dead inside a room of the Indira Gandhi Stadium at Mereima near Kohima this morning.
Kohima Superintendent of Police (SP) Rothilhu Tetso said seven people, engaged in constructing a stage for a musical event here last evening, had to stay back for the night at the IG Stadium.
He said that, as the weather was cold, they lit a fire during the night to keep themselves warm.
When some of their co-workers got no response to their repeated knocks on the door of the room this morning and smelt carbon monoxide in the area, they broke open the door and found that three of the seven were still breathing. 
They called an ambulance and sent the three to Naga Hospital here. 
Tetso said the four bodies were still in the IG Stadium and will be sent for autopsy. He also said the doctors had informed him that the three who were hospitalised were now out of danger. 

Former Nagaland Health Minister Ghutoshe passes away


Former Nagaland Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghutoshe Yeptho passed away in a private nursing home at Kohima yesterday.

He was 70 and is survived by three sons and two daughters.

Born on October 31, 1942, Yeptho graduated from St Edmund’s College Shillong and first served as a teacher at Sumi Baptist English School at Zunheboto from 1970-72.

He became the Zunheboto district president of the then United Democratic Front (UDF) in 1971-72, president DCC(I) Zunheboto in 1973, General Secretary of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee (NPCC) from 1978-80 and vice president of NPCC from 1991-2001.

Yeptho first contested in the state general election as an independent candidate from Zunheboto Assembly Constituency in 1974, which he lost. However, in 1977, he contested on a Congress ticket and was elected. He served as an MLA from 1977-82. He was re-elected in 1982 and served as the Chairman of Nagaland Khadi Board (1982-85), Minister of State for Sports and Youth Welfare (1985-87) and Minister for Health and Family Welfare (1987-88).

After retirement from active politics, he dedicated his time to social work till his death.

Family members said the funeral would be held at Old Zunheboto later today.



1 killed, 2 injured in firing in Kohima


One person was killed and two Assam Rifles constables were injured in a reported exchange of fire between Assam Rifles and unidentified miscreants in the Lerie area of Kohima town this afternoon.

Nagaland transport secretary Hangsing Nguljakai passes away

Nagaland State Transport Secretary N Hangsing Nguljakai died of pancreatic cancer at the GNRC Hospital in Guwahati, Assam yesterday.

Mr Hangsing, 54, an Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer, is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

He had served as Deputy Commissioner of Kiphire and Phek and Additional Secretary, Forest, in the Government of Nagaland.

His body reached Dimapur by road and would be taken to his native village, Molvom, where a funeral service was slated later today.


Man accused of 1992 murder of Indian family in Dubai sentenced to death

A CBI court in Ahmedabad has convicted Ravjibhai Manubhai Pawar of the murder of his Indian employer and four other members of his family in Dubai in 1992 and sentenced him to death.

A press release from the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) said that its investigations had shown that Pawar, while working as a domestic servant in Dubai, had kileld Mr Ramesh K Sagar and four others of Mr Sagar's family on January 4, 1992.

He was also accused of rape and of stealing household articles, including clothes, ornaments and cash.

Pawar feld from Dubai on January 5 and came to India. On the basis of an Interpol alert, he was nabbed on January 10 by the Gujarat police and a first information report (FIR)was registered.

Since the accused was an Indian national and the offence took place outside India, the case was entrusted to the CBI. The Dubai Police had also registered an FIR and collected evidence, which was used by the CBI during investigation and trial of the case, the release said.

The chargesheet was filed on January 23, 1992 in the court of Chief Judicial Magistrate, Chikhli. The trial court found him guilty and convicted him.

The case was registered by the CBI, Ahmedabad (now Gandhinagar) Branch on April 27, 1992 on the basis of the request and consent of the Government of Gujarat for futher investigation of the case filed at the Chikhli Police Station, the release added.


Former Nagaland Deputy CM Chiten Jamir passes away

Veteran political leader and former Deputy Chief Minister of Nagaland R C Chiten Jamir died at a private nursing home in Kolkata after a brief illness last evening, sources said.

He was 85. He is survived by his wife Chubasenla, three sons and one daughter. Another daughter had predeceased him.

He was born on February 26, 1926, and he did his earlier education in Impur Mission School, Mokokchung. Jamir obtained BA degree from Cotton College, Guwahati, and did his MA, LL.B. and Local Self Governmance Diploma from Allahabad University.

He was also a member of Naga National Convention, visited Delhi in 1957. He joined Nagaland Peoples Council in 1957, became a member of Interim Body and was appointed Executive Councilor in 1961 before

Nagaland got statehood in December 1, 1963. He also served as the president of Nagaland Pradesh Congress Committee from 1979 to 1988.

The veteran leader contested the first election of Nagaland in 1964 and was elected to the first state Legislative Assembly from the Arkakong Assembly Constituency in Mokokchung district. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture, Forest, Veterinary, Industries and Commerce. He was re-elected from the same constituency in 1969 and appointed Minister for Finance, Revenue, Planning and Coordination, Industries and Commerce under Chief Minister Hokishe Sema.

He was elected again in 1974, but did not get any berth in Vizol Ministry and in 1987 he was elected and appointed as the Deputy Chief Minister under the Chief Minister Hokishe Sema. He was elected

from the same constituency in 1989 to Nagaland Assembly on Congress ticket and appointed as Minister of Industries and Commerce, Town and Country Planning, Home Guards, Fire Service and Printing and Stationery in the S C Jamir Ministry.


2, including MP’s son, killed in road mishap in Nagaland

Two people, including the son of the Lok Sabha Member from Nagaland C M Chang, were killed in two separate road accidents in Dimapur last night.

Official sources today said the MP's son, Joseph Chang, who was the lone occupant in a Scorpio, hit a boulder-laden stationary truck in the Third Mile area of Dimapur at around 0030 hrs.

The victim was returning home from Chumukedima. The front portion of the vehicle was completely smashed and the occupant died on the spot.

His funeral service was held today at his residence Green Meadow at Burma Camp of Dimapur town.

In another incident, a motorcyclist died on the spot when he rammed into a stationary truck at around 1730 hrs last evening in the Kukidolong area on National Highway 29.

The pillion rider was also injured in the incident and is struggling for his life at the Dimapur District Hospital. The victim was identified as one Letsalun (23), a student of Science College, Kohima.


One injured, over 100 thatched houses razed in Dimapur fire

One person was injured, at least 105 houses were destroyed and 250 families rendered homeless in a fire which broke out at the Purana Bazar area of Dimapur town in Nagaland yesterday.

Official sources said here today that the fire broke out from a house in the middle of the colony when some members of a family were cooking.

At least 14 shops located in the area were also razed to ashes. The inhabitants are mostly labourers. The local people had to demolish some of the thatched houses to stop the fire from spreading.

Three fire tenders stopped the fire from further spreading and doused the flames.

One person received burn injuries and was taken to hospital. Indian Red Cross Society, Dimapur and Rotary Club of Dimapur distributed relief materials to the victims, sources said.


2 die while digging well near Dimapur in Nagaland

Two people were killed while digging a well at the Police Referral Hospital area in Chumukedima, about 15 km from Dimapur yesterday.

Official sources here today said the duo were engaged in digging the well for two weeks. One of the labourers, who was working at the bottom of the well, about 80 feet deep, suddenly collapsed.

Two people went to retrieve him from the well, but one of them also collapsed, while the other was fetched by co-workers.

On receiving the information, Dimapur police rushed to the spot, but were helpless.

They informed the army for help. Army troops of 108 Engineering Regiment immediately arranged one JCO with breathing apparatus, who went down and pulled them out in unconscious state. The duo died


According to one geologist, the foothill areas of Dimapur district have huge petroleum deposits and toxic gases, which are usually found deposited above the petroleum oil bed. Such gases might have

leaked out while digging and caused the deaths.


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